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December 26, 2016
Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com
President Obama signs the Emmett Till Act' reopening unsolved civil rights cases.
Previously, the original bill signed in 2007, limited current investigations before 1970.
In addition, the bill will also require federal agencies to meet regularly with civil rights organizations, institutions of higher education and other designated entities to discuss the status of the DOJ's Emmitt Till work. It will also require an annual report highlighting the number of cases being referred by a civil rights organization, the number of cases resulting in federal charges and the date any charges were filed.
Fourteen year old Emmett Till was killed on August 24, 1955 for whistling at a white woman. The two white men who killed Till were tried for murder, but later acquitted by an all-white male jury.
The new bill, nicknamed "Till Bill 2" is believed to hopefully allow more cases to be opened. So far, there has been one conviction as more than 100 cases have been reviewed from the 1960s and earlier.
What are your thoughts on the new bill being passed?
Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie