Emmett Till Cousin Speaking in Cleveland Tonight

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CLEVELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — A cousin of Emmett Till will be in Cleveland tonight talking about the 1955 abduction and killing of the black teenager which helped galvanize the civil rights movement. Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr. will speak at 7:00 PM at Delta State University. Parker traveled from Chicago to Mississippi together. Parker says he heard Till whistle at a white woman working at a rural Mississippi grocery store and later saw kidnappers take Till from a family home at night. Till was beaten and shot and his body was found in the Tallahatchie River. An all-white jury acquitted two white men in the crime.

 


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