“Have you ever sent a loved son on vacation and had him returned to you in a pine box, so horribly battered and water-logged that someone needs to tell you this sickening sight is your son — lynched?”
— Mamie Bradley, mother of Emmett Till
Watch this compelling excerpt from Civil Rights Heroes, a documentary from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Kent, which originally aired on Discovery Networks. Emmett Till was a 14-year-old African-American boy, who was murdered by white racists in the racially segregated Mississippi of 1955. The men who killed him were acquitted. After their acquittal, they famously admitted their part in the murder. Tills death, which made national headlines, set off a firestorm that launched the Civil Rights Movement. A History Documentary on Civil Rights.