Emmett Till expert can comment on enduring nature of the case

LAWRENCE – News that the U.S. Department of Justice has reopened the 63-year-old murder case of black teenager Emmett Till is just the latest example of the power of the civil rights martyr’s story, according to a University of Kansas professor who has studied the case extensively and helped lead the Emmett Till Memory Project.

“The 1955 murder of Emmett Till continues to haunt American culture precisely because the case has never been settled,” said Tell, a professor in the Department of Communication Studies. “Myths continue to circulate about what happened the night Till was killed, and justice is yet to be served. Until we tell the truth about that awful night, and until justice is…

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