By Steve Neavling
Civil rights activists and others are calling for the federal government to reopen its investigation of the killing of Emmett Till, a black teenager who was killed in Mississippi in 1955 for allegedly flirting with a white woman.
The renewed interest in the case comes after Carolyn Bryant, who accused Till of grabbing her and asking her for a date, said she was not physically assaulted by the 14-year-old. The revelation came in a book, “The Blood of Emmett Till.”
“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” the author Timothy Tyson quoted her as saying.
On Monday, activists rallied outside the Mississippi Capitol, calling for justice for the teen, whose killers were found not guilty by an all-white jury. They later admitted they killed Till.
Activists believe Donham should be charged.
“We just don’t want a conviction,” community activist Duvalier Malone said. “We want an apology.”
What remains unclear is what Donham could be charged with.