When One Mother Defied America: the Photo That Changed the Civil Rights Movement

Recent violent events have fueled a much-needed conversation about racial discrimination, police violence, and the tensions created by a society still corrupted by a narrative of racial difference that undermines justice and public safety.  

EJI believes this conversation cannot produce lasting change until it is put in a larger historical context.  

Understanding what happened to Emmett Till is relevant to what is happening in too many communities today when black and brown people are presumed dangerous and guilty.