Our Ongoing Programs
"Music For Emmett"
A fundraiser & birthday celebration with a VIP reception, Legacy of Hope award presentation and silent auction featuring nationally known recording artists, celebrities, and public leaders.
"The Face Of Emmett Till"
A play co-authored by Mamie Till Mobley, mother of slain teen Emmett Till and Chicago playwright David Barr that recounts the August 28, 1955 infamous crime in which Till was murdered.
Family members and witnesses are available for public appearances, speaking engagements and to facilitate nonviolent justice workshops.
Loving From The Inside Out
A women's empowerment symposium tour to in Honor of Mamie Till Mobley "a woman of courage". Providing a unique opportunity for women, girls, and men to learn form leading experts, and each other, address issues that concern them and gain important steps to having the life, love, relationships, mind, body , and spirit that is wanted and deserved.
College Fair and Tour
Expose youth to colleges and college life at home and at historical colleges within the U.S. the Demonstrate the payoff to having a good education.
Exploring Culture and Expanding Minds
Travel within the U.S. and abroad. Discover heritage and that of other. Reduce fear of differences, encourage mutual understanding of common and diverse needs and desires.
A program to prevent the reentry of youth in the judicial system. Creating a positive and healthy home environment, seek alternative housing as needed, offer anger and conflict management, self sufficiency and literacy sessions.
Summary of on going programs/initiatives:
- Provide annual scholarships to young people who have graduated from high school and will be attending college in the US. We support those who have a need and have demonstrated a passion for making a difference not only in their own life but that of others.
- “Living Our History and Telling Our Story“, Speakers Bureau: Family members are available for public appearances, speaking engagements and nonviolent justice workshops facilitation.
- Loving From The Inside Out (LFTIO): a powerful and life changing annual women’s empowerment symposium, in Honor of Mamie Till Mobley “women. LFTIO provides a unique opportunity for women, girls and men to learn from leading experts and each other, make breakthroughs, address issues that concern them & gain important steps to having the life, love, relationships, mind, body & spirit that is deserved.
- College Fair and Tour: This program supports annual college fairs and tours that provide information, tools and exposure for students seeking higher education. We also help students explore college life at home and at historical colleges w/in the U.S.
- Exploring Culture and Expanding Minds: Youth travel within U.S. and abroad, discovering and developing a mutual understanding of the many diverse cultural heritages that exist.
- Alternatives: a program to prevent the reentry of youth in the judicial system. Board members and volunteers help families create a positive and healthy home environment; seek alternative housing as needed, offer anger & conflict management, self sufficiency & literacy sessions.
- Hear My Voice! Are You Listening? A non partisan, civic engagement, public achievement program and youth rally. The program features voter registration, music, hip hop/holy hip hop, spoken word, gospel, dance, youth speak outs and a marketplace. Special guests, celebrities, legislators, schools, faith based group all are invited to attend. This program includes a powerful passing of the baton ceremony with community elders.
- Who Calls the Shots: a program in partnership with national sports organizations to expose youth to the sport industry and to those men and women who are “calling the shots” /or making key decisions in business, government, education and more.
New Initiatives underway:
- National Emmett Till Historical Museum building fund project
- “Bridging the Gap” an exciting powerful film/documentary project that connects youth with the lives and memories of those who are (at a minimum) 2 generations older,
- Never Again Movement and Pledge public launch August 28, 2010
A Few Special Occasions/dates to remember
- In 1998, Mamie Till Mobley wrote an inspiring foreword in the book 101 ways to know you’re “black” in corporate america, authored by Deborah Watts.
- Mamie Till Mobley, Till's mother, Mamie of Chicago, dies of heart failure, January 6, 2003 at age 81. Her death comes just two weeks before The Murder of Emmett Till was to premiere nationally on PBS.
- The book: “Death of Innocence”: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America co written by Mamie Till Mobley and Chris Benson was published by Random House. (2003)
- In May, the U.S. Justice Department reopened the Till investigation after reviewing several pieces of information, including a documentary “The Untold Story of Emmett Till” by New York filmmaker Keith Beauchamp and evidence suggesting that more than a dozen people may have been involved in the murder of Till, and that at least five of them are still alive. Those five could face criminal prosecution (2004)
- On March 21, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour signed a bill that renamed a portion of U.S. 49 after Emmett Till (2005)
- On June 1, authorities exhumed the body of Emmett Louis Till's from his grave in Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill., near Chicago, 50 years after his death - as part of a federal investigation to determine if others were involved in his murder. No conclusions were drawn but DNA tests during an autopsy later confirmed the body of Emmett Till. Till was reburied June 4. (2005)
- On August 28, the bridge over I-94 (Dan Ryan) in Chicago, IL, named the Emmett Till Memorial Bridge. (2005)
- Black Family Channel produced 2 documentaries: Portraits in Black “The Story of Mamie Till Mobley“and “Who Killed Emmett Till?” (2005)
- The Chicago Commission on Landmarks voted unanimously to recommend that the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ (The Chicago church that held the funeral for Emmett Till) be awarded historic landmark status.
- The McCosh Elementary School in Chicago renamed Emmett Louis Till Math & Science Academy. (2006)
- The FBI reports on March 16 that no federal charges will be filed in the grisly 1955 killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a case that helped galvanize the civil rights movement. FBI agent John G. Raucci said in a statement that the five-year statute of limitations on federal civil rights violations had expired. The FBI gave its long-awaited report to District Attorney Joyce L. Chiles, who was to decide on any state charges. (2006)
- February 27, a grand jury declined to issue an indictment in the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, who was kidnapped from his uncle's home in the Mississippi Delta and shot to death after allegedly whistling at a white woman. The grand jury in Leflore County issued a "no bill" against Carolyn Bryant, the widow of one of two white men originally acquitted of Till's death. A "no bill" means the grand jury found insufficient evidence existed for an indictment on a criminal charge. (2007)
- The Emmett Till Bill (unsolved civil rights murder cases) originally S1369 by Sen. Talent and HR3506 by Rep. Dodd introduced in 2005. HR923 by Reps. John Lewis & Artur Davis and S 535 by Dodd and Leahy passed in June 2007.
- On October 2, 2007, fifty two years after the murder of Emmett Till, the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, appointed by the Tallahatchie County Board of Supervisors, officially read a resolution, apologizing to the family of Emmett Till and dedicated a marker commemorating the case, on the steps of the Sumner Courthouse. Funds are currently being raised to restore the Sumner Courthouse, meant to serve as a museum, where the men charged with murdering Emmett Till were tried and acquitted in 1955.
- The Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007 was introduced on February 8, 2007 by Representative John Lewis (D-GA.) and signed by President George W. Bush (Public Law # 110-344) on October 7, 2008. Public Law # 110-344 calls for expeditious investigation of unresolved civil rights murders and provides exhaustive resources for the facilitation of those investigations.
- The original coffin that had contained Emmett Louis Till was found July 10, at Burr Oak Cemetery broken, rusted and battered in an old shack and work area. The original casket was supposed to be part of a planned memorial for Till at Burr Oak Cemetery. (2009)
- On Aug 28, Members of Till's family and Lonnie Bunch director of Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History museum officials attend a ceremony at Roberts Temple Church of God in Chris and announced the donation of Till’s original casket to the museum. Officials indicate that the casket will be taken to Washington, the site of the new museum, where it will be evaluated by conservation experts and readied for display when the museum opens in late 2015. (2009)
- Simeon Wright is an author of the moving Lawrence Hill Books memoir Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till. (2010)
- Past Projects Sponsored
- “The Face of Emmett Till”. A play co-authored by Mamie Till Mobley, mother of the slain teen Emmett Till and Chicago playwright David Barr that recounts the August 28, 1955 infamous crime in which Till a 14-year old was kidnapped and murdered for allegedly flirting with a white store clerk and the subsequent trial of the two White murder suspects.
- Hurricane Katrina School Supply Drive to support Houston and Memphis Public schools
- Progressive Shop, Dine and Service network to support the survival of new minority owned Businesses.
- The Journey, a high school graduation celebration where the Emmett Till Legacy scholarship awards are given.
- 50 year Commemoration hosted by the ETLF in 2005 in Chicago, Aug 26—29, 2005