Things We should know.

Our Black Ancestry

On this day in 1955, an innocent young man named Emmett Till was murdered in Money, Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman.  This event embodied all that was wrong with America in that day on the subject of race.

On this same day in 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “Dream” speech before an unprecedented congregation of people in Washington, D.C. His speech articulated all that was right in the hearts of people who longed for change. Five years later, he was murdered for “whistling” for Civil Rights, igniting riots across America.

These historic events shaped my life ever after.

I was only four years old in 1955; too young to understand anything other than the admonishments of my parents about the South from which my forbears had fled. Yet, as Emmett Till’s mother said:

“When people saw what had happened to my son, men stood…

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  1. My God…Everytime I see that picture, I cringe and my heart weeps. To kill anyone, let alone a boy is disgusting, especially because of the color of his skin. And the perpetrators call themselves “men”? The saddest part is that I don’t think many people realize that we have a long way to go before racism is truly even halfway destroyed.


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