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Till posthumously became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement.Till was born and raised in Chicago and in August 1955, was visiting relatives near Money, in the Mississippi Delta region.When Carthan was two years old, her family moved to Argo, Illinois, as part of the Great Migration of rural black families out of the South to the North to escape violence, lack of opportunity and unequal treatment under the law.Argo received so many Southern migrants that it was named "Little Mississippi"; Carthan's mother's home was often used by other recent migrants as a way station while they were trying to find jobs and housing.Milam died in 1980 at the age of 61, and Bryant died in 1994 at the age of 63.
Tens of thousands attended his funeral or viewed his open casket, and images of his mutilated body were published in black-oriented magazines and newspapers, rallying popular black support and white sympathy across the U. Intense scrutiny was brought to bear on the lack of black civil rights in Mississippi, with newspapers around America critical of the state.
In December 1955, the Montgomery bus boycott began in Alabama and lasted more than a year, gaining a US Supreme Court ruling that segregated buses were unconstitutional.
According to historians, events surrounding Emmett Till's life and death continue to resonate.
They took him away and beat and mutilated him before shooting him in the head and sinking his body in the Tallahatchie River.
Three days later, Till's body was discovered and retrieved from the river.