Essay on The Emmett Till Murder Trial

790 Words Apr 26th, 2016 4 Pages
The Emmett Till Murder Trial How would you react to the unjustified murder of a 14 year old child? The 1955 trail of Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam for the murder of Emmett Till, a 14 year old African American boy, was one that helped spark the widespread movement for civil rights. Emmett Till was brutally murdered and thrown into the Tallahatchie River after he had apparently flirted with a white woman. Despite clear and adequate evidence against the defendants, an all-white jury had found them to be not guilty of the murder. This sparked outrage within the African American community and eventually contributed to the rising pressure to end racial segregation in the United States. On the evening of August 24, 1955 Emmett and a friend of his relatives had entered Bryant 's Grocery and Meat Market in Money, Mississippi to purchase candy. White cashier Carolyn Bryant accused the young boy of flirting with her during the transaction. Carolyn claimed that Emmett had tightly grabbed her hand and had remarked "How about a date, baby?" Three days after, Carolyn 's husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J. W. Wilson abducted Emmett from the home he was staying at. Just a day after Till 's disappearance, Roy Bryant and J. W. Wilam were arrested for his abduction. Till 's brutally tortured body was then found five days later submerged in the Tallahatchie River. Both Roy Bryant and J. W. Wilson were charged and put on trial for the murder. On September 20, 1955 the state…

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