DARC Ethiophile Chronicles
On this day
January 6, 2003 Mamie Till Mobley, mother of lynched Emmett Till transition to the realm of ancestry at age 81. Her insistence that her son's casket remain open helped spur the civil rights movement.
She was born Mamie Carthan on November 23, 1921, in a small town near Webb, Mississippi, the only child of John and Alma Carthan. Ironically, she was born just two miles from the town of Sumner, where the trial of her son's killers would one day be held.
In 1955, Mamie Till was unwillingly thrust into American history. The murder of her son, Emmett, catapulted the quiet Chicago civil service employee into a lifetime of advocacy, starting with seeking justice for the death of her son.