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Rush Introduces Legislation To Honor Mamie Till-Mobley With Memorial Stamp

July 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) this week introduced the Mamie Till-Mobley Memorial Stamp Act (H.R. 4581), legislation that would direct the Postmaster General to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till and a tireless fighter for civil rights and racial justice. Emmett Till was kidnapped and lynched in 1955 and his death — as well as Mamie's decision to show the world the horrors inflicted on her son with an open-casket funeral — was a preeminent and catalytic event in the civil rights movement.

"Mamie Till-Mobley's decision to show the nation the reality of racial violence inflicted upon her son, Emmett Till, was the spark that lit the flame of a nationwide crusade for justice," said Rush. Much of the progress achieved by the civil rights movement was made possible by Mamie Till-Mobley's utterly selfless and inconceivably courageous decision to hold an open-casket funeral for her son, in order to show the world what hate and bigotry had done to her beautiful baby boy. The fight for civil rights and a fully equal society continues to this day, but the progress we have made in getting to this point is thanks in large part to trailblazing heroes like Mamie Till-Mobley" said Rep. Rush.

On the first day of the 117th Congress, Rep. Rush reintroduced his Emmett Till Antilynching Act (H.R. 55), which would finally make lynching a Federal hate crime in the United States, after nearly 200 attempts since 1900. This legislation passed the House of Representatives last Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support, and H.R. 55 currently has 173 House cosponsors.

In March, Rep. Rush introduced bipartisan legislation to award a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley (H.R. 2252). The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded as a national acknowledgment of renowned persons, institutions, or events. Companion legislation (S. 450) was introduced in the Senate in February by U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.).

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Issues:Civil Rights