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Let's tell the story of the spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement.

When Rosa Parks was asked why she refused to give up her seat on the bus in 1955, she said, “I thought of Emmett Till and I couldn’t go back.” Till’s kidnapping and murder served as a spark that ignited the movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rep. John Lewis, Fannie Lou Hamer, and the everyday local citizens who stood up for the first time.  

 

Preserving and interpreting these places in Mississippi and Chicago provides an opportunity for us to engage with our past and interrogate our present. Creating a national park promotes the cause of restorative justice and honors Emmett's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who worked to ensure her son did not die in vain.

 

We believe that bringing this important American story under the National Park System would  offer dignity and compassion to the Till family, raise awareness about our country’s struggle for civil rights, and celebrate Mamie Till-Mobley’s bravery. We are passionate about making sure that the legacies of Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley are not forgotten.  

 

We support the creation of a National Park honoring Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley.

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