I, Too, Remember Emmett Till #BlackHistoryMonth

The Long and Short Stories of Life

I close this Black History Month with a long quote by the late Sen. John Lewis. His words have stirred my own memories of Emmett Till.


Emmett Till became my generation’s poster boy to accompany our parents’ lectures on what could happen to black children who misbehaved while on summer vacation to our Southern relatives. That despoiling of a black child’s innocence would carry over into all of our early interactions with whites. Even today, multi-millionaire entertainers, athletes, senators and a president admit that they’ve given their kids “the talk”.


Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley, became the poster mother for what would balloon into legions of black mothers whose children were, and still are, senselessly killed in America for being black.


Emmett Till and his mother Mamie Elizabeth Till


America is a country of civilized, educated people who blatantly deny evidence of racial disparity, bias, and discrimination. That tells…

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About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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3 Responses to I, Too, Remember Emmett Till #BlackHistoryMonth

  1. Linda Mims says:

    Thanks for your support! Lots of Indie authors owe you!🤗

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  2. Linda Mims says:

    Thanks for reblogging this post, Shirley! I remember Emmett Till because we were too young to look at pictures of him in his casket. His face had become bloated and disfigured, but Ms. Mamie Till wanted us to see what the monsters had done to her baby.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      My mother didn’t know I had gotten hold of our copy and went into my bedroom to read it. I was so frightened that I put it down and started crying out of fear that it could happen to me. I was inconsolable. I feel it like it happened yesterday. It was an unspeakable horror of a crime and the goons who did it will answer to a higher power.

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