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JSUTV will host kin of Emmett Till to discuss brutal ’55 murder of teen, upcoming rally

Emmett Till’s death at age 14 helped to galvanize the Civil Rights movement.

Emmett Till’s death at age 14 helped to galvanize the Civil Rights movement.

JSUTV’s “Metro Morning Live” will host relatives of Emmett Till to discuss an upcoming rally at the state capitol at noon Monday, calling for a new trial into the brutal murder of the 14-year-old boy whose beaten and mutilated body was found in 1955 in the Tallahatchie River. The segment will air at 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, on Comcast Channel 14.

Airickca Gordon-Taylor, administrator of Till’s estate, is traveling from Chicago to bring attention to the case, which has generated publicity recently after a woman recanted her statement that Till had whistled at her and touched her in a store.

Another relative who was with Till on that day, Wheeler Parker, will join the conversation via phone.

Even though the perpetrators – who were acquitted but later confessed – are now dead, the alleged victim (Carolyn Bryant Donham) is now claiming her decades-old confession was false.

Dr. Robert Luckett, director of the Margaret Walker Center at JSU, is slated to speak during the rally Monday.