King Check In & Unity Circle: Tues, Wed, Thurs, 4:30 PM
Traditions are important. Our Unity Circle is where we check in with each other, pour libations in honor of our ancestors, and identify our highs and lows for the day. In our closing circle, we recite our principles, King’s creed and express our gratefulness. Frequently the King’s express gratefulness for their family, sisters, mama’s, and guest. We want to continue our traditions by logging in at 4:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Click on your image, and let’s do a virtual unity circle by answering questions and submitting your answers.
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Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.
He was 14-years old when he was lynched on vacation visiting relatives near Money, Mississippi in the Delta region. Emmett Till spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the white married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Although what happened at the store is a matter of dispute, Till was accused of flirting with or whistling at Bryant. In 1955, Bryant had testified that Till made physical and verbal advances. The jury did not hear Bryant’s testimony, due to the judge ruling it inadmissible. Decades later, Bryant disclosed that she had fabricated part of the testimony regarding her interaction with Till, specifically the portion where she accused Till of grabbing her waist and uttering obscenities; “that part’s not true,” Bryant stated in a 2008 interview with historian Timothy Tyson. Till’s interaction with Bryant, perhaps unwittingly, violated the strictures of conduct for an African-American male interacting with a white woman in the Jim Crow-era South. Several nights after the incident in the store, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J.W. Milam were armed when they went to Till’s great-uncle’s house and abducted the boy. 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.
The brutality of his murder and the fact that his killers were acquitted drew attention to the long history of violent persecution of African Americans in the United States.
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