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The murder of Emmett Till on August 28, 1955, sparked the Civil Rights movement. Till was a 14-year-old African American boy who lived with his mother on Chicago’s South Side. He went to Mississippi to spend the summer with his cousins. While he was there, people said that he flirted with a white woman. For that, Till was kidnapped, tortured, and beaten to death. His mother displayed his battered body in an open casket in Chicago. Tens of thousands of people saw it. The two men accused of the crime were found not guilty by an all-white jury. In 2018, sixty-three years later, the US Department of Justice reopened the case.

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