Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Message To America - "The Justice Department's Investigation of the Murder of Emmett Till"

May 13, 2004
Press Release

Chicago, IL. ---- Hello, Im Congressman Bobby L. Rush.  I represent the people of the 1st Congressional District of Illinois.

This week, the Justice Department announced its is partnering with the State of Mississippi to investigate the brutal murder of Emmett Till.

On August 28th, 1955, in Money, Mississippi, Roy Bryant and, J.W. Milam, kidnaped 14-year old Chicagoan Emmett Till from his uncles home, for allegedly whistling at Bryants wife.

Bryant and Milam brutally beat him,  shot him in the head, and pushed his body into the river. 

Young Till was found three days later.

During the open casket funeral in Chicago, the world saw the ugly face of racism.  Photographs of Tills body were published in publications around the world. 

Thereafter,  an all-white, all-male jury acquitted Bryant and Milam of Tills murder   the world was outraged.

100 days later, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama,  and the civil rights movement began.

In Jan., 1956, Milam and Bryant  admitted they murdered Till to Look Magazine. 

In February, 2004, I introduced a congressional resolution, asking the Department of Justice to investigate the murder of Till and the sham trial that acquitted his murderers.

The search for truth on the Till murder will NOW become a reality.

The facts of Tills murder  are beyond dispute. 

It  sparked the modern day civil rights movement.

We now know there are other witnesses and co-conspirators to Tills murder. 

It is NEVER TOO late for justice. 

It is time to set the record straight. 

It is time for an official public record of this case. 
Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley deserve no less.