CELEBRATING THE COURAGE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHERS & JOURNALISTS
Acknowledging the bravery of the “Soldiers Without Swords” who embodied the black press corps of this era, especially those who contributed to the images and stories portrayed above including: L. Alex Wilson, Ernest C. Withers, Clotye Murdock, Simeon Booker and the unsung who shared the truth of the civil rights movement with the world.
Click the covers below to see the original content as told by eye witnesses at the time of the trial.
Read the first of several articles published by JET that broke the story of the Emmett Till kidnapping and murder. JET was instrumental is spreading the truth about the brutality committed on Emmett till and the injustice that followed in the courtroom.
JetSept 15, 1955
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Over the course of the trial, JET continued to cover the events and keep the nation informed on important developments and strategies used by the defense that ultimately led to the unjust acquittal of Till’s murders.
JetSept 29, 1955
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After the trial, JET continued to cover the story and resulting fallout bestowed upon the innocent people who risked their own lives to stand up for justice.
JetOct 13, 1955
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Shorty after the Till trial Ernest Withers produces this pamphlet to meet public demand for factual and objective documentation of the trial and in hope that the booklet might help serve to help the nation dedicate itself to see that such injustices not occur again. There is no record of how many copies were printed, but only a few still exist today. Reproductions of this booklet can be purchased from the Withers Gallery.
Withers BookletCirca 1955
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Images that Started a Movement
See how photographers and journalists brought the Till story to the public’s attention and ignited a flame for justice that would not be extinguished.
Show Your Support
The fight for equality, inclusion, and justice continues today. The following organizations continue the battle for civil rights, just as their namesakes once did. Please show your support for the continued impact of these critically important organizations.
Founded in 2005, ETLF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to preserve the memory and legacy of Emmett Louis Till July 25,1941-August 28-1955 and his mother Mamie Till Mobley’s hope for justice and that his death will not be in vain. Though Emmett Till Institute for Learning and Leadership (E-TILL) we are “creating a legacy of hope” and building an important bridge from the past to the present and future.
The Emmett Till
Medgar and Myrlie Evers are widely regarded as two of the greatest leaders of the civil rights movement. Medgar Evers was a pioneering visionary for civil rights in the 1950s and early 1960s in Mississippi. From the beginning, Myrlie Evers worked alongside her husband. In the years following his assassination, she continued the pioneering work they had begun together.
The Medgar & Myrlie
The Withers Collection is among the most culturally significant photo collections of the 20th century. Dr. Ernest C. Withers’ lens captured struggles, dreams, and victories. From iconic events and faces to everyday people, the Withers’ photos tell compelling stories of the human experience.
THE INSPIRED COLLECTION
Inspired by the Till movie, this collection is dedicated to Emmett Till's mother, Mamie Till Mobley.