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.