Daily Archive: July 30, 2013

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Witness to Emmett Till lynching dies in Illinois

This 2010 photo provided by Mike Small shows Willie Louis at his home in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Mike Small) CHICAGO (AP) — Hearing the screams of 14-year-old lynching victim Emmett Till from inside a Mississippi barn left a teenage field hand with an unbearable choice. He could tell a courtroom and risk paying for it with his life or keep quiet and let those screams eat away at his conscience. Grisly photos of Till’s mutilated body, discovered three days later by a fisherman in the Tallahatchie River, left Willie Louis with no doubt about what he would do: testify at the trial of two white men accused in the black teen’s slaying. “In the pictures, I saw his body, what it was like. Then I knew that I couldn’t say no,” Louis recalled in a 2004 “60 Minutes” interview about the testimony he gave half a century earlier. Louis died July 18 at age 76 at a hospital in a suburb of Chicago, the city he fled to in fear of his life after the 1955 trial, his wife, Juliet Louis, said in an interview Wednesday, a few hours before her husband’s funeral service.

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Trayvon Martin’s mother: Repeal stand-ground law

Sabrina Fulton, mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, center, speaks during a news conference held by the National Bar Association where they addressed what they say are inequalities in the U.S. justice system related to gun violence and African-Americans, Monday, July 29, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Also shown from left to right are Cleopatra Pendleton, Nathaniel Pendleton, John Page, National Bar Association President and Fulton’s attorney Benjamin Crump. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin joined a prominent African-American lawyers organization in vowing Monday to keep the pressure on legislators to repeal or overhaul “stand your ground” self-defense laws.