I Remember, I Believe - July 21, 2009

Remembering the Death of Emmett Till

Emmett till

Erma Bridgewater of Champaign, Illinois remembers how Emmett TIll's death affected her.  Emmett Louis "Bobo" Till was an African American boy from Chicago, Illinois, who was murdered at the age of 14 in Money, Mississippi, a small town in the state's Delta region, after reportedly whistling at a white woman. The murder of Emmett Till was noted as one of the leading events that motivated the American Civil Rights Movement. The main suspects were acquitted, but later admitted to the murder.





I Remember, I Believe - July 08, 2009

The First Black President

Barack Obama 2008 Election poster

Erma Bridgewater of Champaign, Illinois was born in 1914.  She has lived through Jim Crow, participated in desegregation efforts in Champaign and helped elect the first African-American president of the United States of America.  She reflects on this historic time.







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