62 years later, the claim that Emmet Till, 14, had physically and verbally threatened a white woman has been debunked. In a new book titled, The Blood of Emmet Till, his accuser Carolyn Bryant Donham admits that she fabricated her testimony that got her husband, Roy Bryant and his half-brother acquitted of murder September 1955.
Till’s death marked a pivotal point in the Civil Rights Movement. Especially, when his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, made the bold move to show the world her son’s disfigured body in an open casket funeral. The impact of this decision would influence JET Magazine to make the powerful image a cover story that ignited the fight for Civil Rights.
Okayplayer reports, in 2007 the then-72-year Donham admitted that she lied about the most sensational parts of her testimony to author Timothy Tyson. “That part’s not true,” she told Tyson, about her claim that Till had made verbal and physical advances on her. The now 82-year-old woman claims that she doesn’t remember what happened afterwards, but her lie has set the tone for how communities respond to white authority figures today.
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