Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. on Emmett Till Case As Author Of New Book On The Killing Visits Memphis

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The Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. is speaking out about new revelations in the Emmett Till case.  This as the author who wrote “The Blood of Emmett Till” is in the Bluff City for a book signing.  

In the book, Timothy Tyson says Carolyn Bryant admitted the 14-year-old Till never made sexual advances towards her. And now, some are questioning why Tyson held on to that information.

“The Blood of Emmett Till” is a recently released book by author and historian Timothy Tyson. But, other historians and civil rights leaders say the blood of Emmett Till has never dried because there hasn’t been a conviction in his murder. The two men who admitted to killing Till walked free after an all-white jury refused to convict them.

Here’s what Reverend Jesse Jackson says one juror said. “I cannot imagine a white man going to jail for killing a nigger,” said Civil Rights Leader Jesse Jackson, Sr.

But sixty-two (62) years later, historians and civil rights leaders are now asking, “Can a jury convict a white woman who admitted to Timothy Tyson she lied about Emmett Till making sexual advancements towards her, who picked him out in the wee hours of the morning in his uncle’s bed in Mississippi and said ‘that’s him’.”

Those actions led to the 14-year-old being brutally beaten in three locations, eventually shot in the head, a cotton gin tied around his neck, and thrown into a river to die.

Historian and activist Doria Johnson, whose great, great grandfather was lynched and her family forced to leave the south, says justice must be served.

“It’s never too late to right a wrong. Perjury and murder should not have a statute of limitations,” said Public Historian and Activist Doria Johnson.

And for Johnson, a big question that lingers is why did Tyson hold onto Carolyn Bryant’s admission for a decade.

“10 years ago, Carolyn Bryant was under investigation by the FBI for her participation in the murder of Emmett Till,” said Johnson.  “At the nexus of his interview with her, all of this activity was going on.  I wonder how he could not have thought about using her admission to get justice in this case for this child.”

Here’s what Tyson said during a forum at Rhodes College. “This really wasn’t the morning news to me. I never thought she was telling the truth. I thought that was interesting. To tell the truth, I was more interested in the stuff about her family. I wanted to know whose Milam and Bryant,” said Historian and Author Timothy Tyson.

“Those who are alive, a part of the killing of him, must face a trial,” said Rev. Jackson.

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