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It was so nice to see everyone last Sunday, July 23 as we united to celebrate Emmett Till’s heavenly 82nd birthday. If you weren’t able to join us this year, you can catch up on what you missed with this brief recap of the day, along with a historic designation!   This year, Emmett’s birthday fell on Tuesday, July 25 – a day that brought forth news that President Biden signed a proclamation establishing the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument across three historic sites in Illinois and Mississippi:   Roberts Temple Church of Christ in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, where thousands gathered to mourn Till’s deathGraball Landing in Glendora, Mississippi, where Till’s body was discovered in the Tallahatchie River, and Tallahatchie County Second District Courthouse in Sumner, Mississippi, where Till’s murderers were wrongfully acquitted by an all-white jury.   According to the White House, “the new national monument will tell the story of the events surrounding Emmett Till’s murder, their significance in the civil rights movement and American history, and the broader story of Black oppression, survival, and bravery in America.” The Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument will be managed by the National Park Service.   Blacks in Green commends the President’s designation of the Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument. These sites are the stage where the horror and injustice happened, the emblems which we must remember. It’s been a long time coming, but we are glad that day is here.
We gratefully welcomed a plethora of media outlets covering Sunday’s Emmett Till Birthday Ice Cream Social. Our event had two major announcements – the launch of artist Germane Barnes’ art installation titled “Be Careful, I Always Am,” and our groundbreaking ceremony to begin the exterior renovations on the Till House Museum.   Check out the following media stories and radio interviews.
NPR Here & Now: A National Monument to Emmett Till and His Mother Interview with Naomi Davis   LISTEN
WBEZ Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons: President Biden establishes national monument to honor Emmett Till and his mother Interview with Naomi Davis   LISTEN
Block Club Chicago: Emmett Till Home Renovations Kick Off Sunday   READ
Chicago Sun-Times: Emmett Till-inspired art installation marks start of work to restore his former Chicago home   READ
Chicago Tribune: Chicagoans celebrate Emmett Till’s birthday as Biden expected to establish national monument in his honor   READ
ABC7: Emmett Till remembered in Chicago ahead of what would have been 82nd birthday   WATCH
CBS2: Emmett & Mamie Till-Mobley House Museum in Woodlawn hosts celebration in honor of Till’s 82nd birthday   WATCH
WGN9: Emmett Till home hosting celebration in honor of Till’s 82nd birthday   WATCH
FOX32: Renovations begin on Emmett Till’s home in Chicago   WATCH
NBC5: Chicagoans mark Emmett Till’s birthday ahead of national monument announcement   WATCH
Wallpaper Magazine: ‘Be Careful, I Always Am’: Emmett Till memory honoured through Germane Barnes installation   READ
Hyde Park Herald: Legacy of Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley honored as house museum renovations break ground   READ
The Architect’s Newspaper: This July, Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley are commemorated with national monuments, landmarks, and art   READ
Here’s a glimpse into the day’s full array of activities. Please visit our Facebook page to find the full album of photos and follow our page. Feel free to tag yourself or anyone you recognize!   All photo credit goes to our photographer David L. McDuffie!
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