Fourteen year old black boy Emmett Till
is abducted, brutally murdered and thrown into the Tallahatchie River after allegedly flirting with a white woman in Greenwood, Mississippi, USA. Tens of thousands will attend his funeral or view his casket, and images of his mutilated body will be published in black magazines and newspapers, rallying popular black support and white sympathy across the USA. Bob Dylan
will tell the story in his 1962 song The Death Of Emmett Till
. There is also an earlier song, called The Death Of Emmett Till, written by distinguished Los Angeles community leader Ms. A. C. Bilbrew, and recorded in 1955 by The Ramparts for the Los Angeles doo-wop label, Dootone.