NBC Evening News for Monday, Jan 20, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Examples cited of progress for blacks since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968.
(Tallahatchie County, Mississippi: Rosiland Jordan) The 1955 lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi recounted; details given of the case’s eye-opening effect on racial injustice; footage shown of Till’s funeral. [Cousin Simeon WRIGHT- describes Till being taken away; says Mississippi hasn’t apologized.] [Reporter Bill MINOR- says you could no longer have a good quiet lynching in Mississippi.] [Till trial observer & resident Betty PEARSON- says there was regret in the community about the outcome of the trial, which acquitted the defendants.] [“The Murder of Emmett Till” on PBS Stanley NELSON- says the story needed to be told.] [Filmmaker Keith BEAUCHAMP- says there were more people involved than originally thought.]