Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush Applauds Justice Department's Decision To Investigate Emmett Till Murder.

May 10, 2004
Press Release

Chicago, IL. ---- Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) applauds the Justice Departments decision to partner with the State of Mississippi and investigate the 1955 murder of Emmett Till.   Earlier this year, Congressman Rush introduced a House Congressional Resolution calling upon the Department of Justice to investigate the infamous murder and trial that subsequently acquitted the perpetrators of the crime.  The Congressman had written Attorney General John Ashcroft on two occasions detailing his rationale behind an investigation and seeking an official response.

 I am pleased with the Justice Departments decision to go forward with this investigation, said the Congressman.  It is never too late for justice to prevail.  This was the spark that ignited the civil rights movement.

 Emmett Till, a 14-yr.,old from the south side of Chicago, was planning to spend the summer with his uncle in Money, Mississippi, in 1955.  Tills summer was cut tragically short when two men, Roy Bryant, and his half brother, J.W. Milam, kidnaped Till from his uncles home,brutally beat Emmett Till, shot him in the head, and pushed the body into the river.  His body washed ashore three days later.  Bryant and Milam who admitted the crime in a LIFE magazine article, killed young Till for allegedly whistling at Bryants wife.
 While we can never erase this ugly mark from American history, we certainly can do all that we can to bring any co-conspirators to justice and closure to this entire matter.

 For more information, please call the First Congressional Office of Illinois @ 202/225.4372.