The Justice Department has officially ended its investigation into the case of Emmett Till, again. In 1955, Till was accused of whistling and making sexual advances at Carolyn Bryant Donham, a White woman in Mississippi, in which he was brutally beaten and lynched. This incident created an epicenter in which the Civil Rights Movement was born. In 2017, almost 60 years later, Donham admitted to historian and professor Timothy Tyson that she lied in her court testimony against Till. Her statement sparked national outrage, as members of the Black community demanded that Till’s case be reopened. Now, the Justice Department says that even with the discrepancies in Donham’s statement, they cannot prove that she lied on the stand. 

(AFRO Archive)