"The [Emmett] Till case itself became the subject of national agitation. Mass meetings of both black and white workers were held in Chicago, New York and states throughout the North to denounce the acquittal and demand action by the federal government. Thousands of letters were written to President Dwight Eisenhower to demand a federal investigation. Mamie Till asked for a meeting to discuss the case with Eisenhower, but he refused. The conqueror of D-Day was afraid to anger the Southern racists—all Democrats—who held key positions in Congress
"Prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- many Southerners, perhaps most, were aligned with the Democrats
. Afterwards, many switched to Republicans because they thought they had been sold out by the northern Democrats
Emmett Till was lynched in 1955
. This is before
the seminal event noted above."
"In November, Mississippi civil rights activist TRM Howard spoke about Till at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. The pastor of the church was the 26-year-old Martin Luther King Jr
, and among the congregation was the seamstress Rosa Parks
. Four days later she refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. Many years afterwards she said: “I thought of Emmett Till and I couldn’t go back.”
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., a true conservative
. That description of the civil rights leader whose birth we celebrate today might surprise or even offend many of the people..." -- Washington Post
"Around the turn of the 20th century, the former Confederate states had adopted new constitutions and electoral laws that effectively disenfranchised black voters
and, in Alabama, many poor white voters as well.
Under the white-established Jim Crow laws, passed after Democrats regained control of southern legislatures
, racial segregation was imposed in public facilities and retail stores in the South, including public transportation. Bus and train companies enforced seating policies with separate sections for blacks and whites.
Jim Crow laws
were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. Enacted by white Democrat-dominated state legislatures
after the Reconstruction period, in the late 19th century, the laws were enforced until 1965. In practice, Jim Crow laws mandated racial segregation in all public facilities in the states of the former Confederate States of America, starting in the 1870s and 1880s..." -- Wikipedia