Arrest Carolyn Bryant Donham and Include Emmett Till in History Books

Arrest Carolyn Bryant Donham and Include Emmett Till in History Books

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The header image shows 14 year old Emmett Till (left) and Carolyn Bryant and Roy Bryant after the trial, smiling after getting away with murder (right).

In 1955 Jim Crow America, 14 year old Emmett Till was visiting his uncle Mose Wright, a sharecropper in Money, Mississippi from Chicago. He was out buying some candy with his friends and playing around like all kids do they dared him to talk to the white woman in the store, Carolyn Bryant DonHam. After buying his candy, it was reported that Till allegedly whistled at her before leaving. A whistle... an honest, harmless, playful whistle of a child resulted in the brutal lynching of Emmett Till. 

Carolyn Bryant Donham told her husband Roy Bryant that Till "had made lewd gestures, grabbed her and whistled". LIES! LIES THAT COST HIM HIS LIFE! Roy Bryant and his friend J.W. Milam drove to Wright's house, putting him at gunpoint and demanding Emmett to come with them. Despite pleas from his uncle, the men kidnapped 14 year old Emmett and brutally beat and terrorized him. Smashing his head and putting a bullet through him until his body was unrecognizable. They tied a 75lb cotton gin fan around his neck and threw him in the Tallahatchie river. 

Days later when his body was found, his uncle was only able to recognize him by his initialed gold ring on his finger. During the trial, despite witness testimonial from Till's uncle Mose Wright, the two men were found not guilty by an all white verdict. During that same trial, Donham also then testified that 14 year old Emmett Till grabbed and threatened her. Years later in a 2007 interview, Carolyn Bryant Donham revealed that Till never touched or threatened her. When asked about her testimony she said "That part's not true". 52 years later she decided to tell the truth, well we're here to say too little too late. She saw the mutilation done to Till by her husband and his friend seeking to avenge her lies and stood by silently knowing they were wrong. She waited until the murders of Emmett were dead to reveal she was lying, but nonetheless perjury is a crime. Bryant's family made an agreement with writer Timothy Tyson that her manuscripts are not released until she dies. Why? Because they do not want justice to be served!

In March of 2018, the Department of Justice reopened Emmett Till's murder case and this is petitioning is calling for:

1) The arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham for perjury

2) Restitution of to the living family of Emmett Till (mandatory 5 to six figures)

3) Incorporation of the brutal murder of Emmett Till in all U.S history books

If history is never learned from it will continue to repeat itself. We need to have justice for Emmet and have his history told. This is the same story that we are repeating now in 2020 as Black people are being murdered and there is no justice, this is nothing new. Now more than ever we must reveal the injustices done in this country towards Black people and seek restitution. Too often Black lives are taken without any consequences given to the perpetrators. We must be the ones to bring change! We must be the ones to bring justice!!

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