(photo taken from http://www.blackvoices.com/)
If you haven't heard yet, Emmett Till's casket is headed to the Smithsonian Institution. His glass-topped casket with his disfigured body will be on display for the world to see.
"Part of the responsibility of a national museum is to help people to remember, and through this donation we will ensure that future generations will remember how the death of a child, a mother's courage, helped to transform America," Bunch said.(Lonnie Bunch is the director of the Smithsonian)
Emmett Till, at the age of 14, was murdered after reportedly whistling at a white woman, and was noted as one of the leading events that sparked the American Civil Rights Movement. I think that the best statement said was by Simoen Wright, Emmett Till's cousin. She said that Till's mother's message of what racism looks like still needs to be told.
I couldn't have said it better myself. People don't understand why it is so important to our race that our story be told. People will never truly understand until they get a real feeling on how it feels to be us. Most importantly our own people need to understand where we were and how far we have come. I think it is a great gift to the Smithsonian and I hope that millions of people will witness what "racism looks like".
To read more about Emmett Till and the Smithsonian click here. (http://www.blackvoices.com/)
How do you feel about Emmett Till's body being put on display at the Smithsonian?