Biden Signs Bill Honoring Emmett Till

Biden Signs Bill Honoring Emmett Till

( – US President Joe Biden officially designated a monument to commemorate Emmett Till and his mother. The commander-in-chief said that the country should always remember their legacy and the critical role they played in the civil rights movement.

Till was only 14 years old when he was abducted and tortured by J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant in 1955. While both were tried on murder charges, the jury formally acquitted them after one hour of deliberations. However, they confessed they brutally killed the African-American teenager a couple of months later in a Look Magazine paid interview.

During the signing ceremony at the White House, President Biden said in a speech that “denialism” can’t hide reality and can’t “erase nothing.” He added that his administration knows the importance of preserving history instead of banning books or burying history. Finally, the president said that justice and healing come with the truth, pointing out that the United States still has a “long way to go.”

Following President Biden’s speech, US Vice President Kamala Harris also delivered some remarks, claiming that the “ugly parts” of US history shouldn’t be rewritten.” She said that Americans should know this as there are many politicians that are taking these steps by attempting to teach that enslaved people “benefited” from slavery. Harris was referencing Florida’s new African American history curriculum.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre characterized the curriculum as “insulting,” and said it obstructed an honest portrayal of US history. About the Emmett Till monument, she told reporters this was an “important moment” as it depicted the story of “American Black oppression.”

This monument is the fourth designated by the Biden administration and will span three sites in Mississippi and Illinois that have historical importance to Till’s life. The creation of the “Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument” was signed on the 82nd anniversary of his birth.

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