Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Tim Tyson and the blood of Emmett Till.

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Between 1920 and 1938, the NAACP flew a flag outside its headquarters on Fifth Avenue in New York City reading, “A man was lynched yesterday.” 

Carolyn Bryant Donham had been a central figure in the killing of Chicago’s Emmett Till.

In August of 1955, while visiting family in Mississippi, Emmett Till had entered a store to buy two cents worth of bubble gum. Shortly after exiting it was said he may have whistled at Bryant’s 21-year-old white wife, Carolyn.

Enraged, two white men, J.W. Milam and his half-brother Roy Bryant, took matters into their own hands.

They would confess to local authorities that they’d abducted the young Chicago boy.

When they were done, the body of Emmett Till, just 14 years old, grossly disfigured from having been brutalized, beaten and shot was found.

A photo was published in Jet magazine.

The photo helped fire up a Movement.

Even so, in September of 1955, in a racially segregated courtroom in Sumner, Mississippi, the two white men who admitted to killing Emmett Till were acquitted of his murder.

For decades, nothing was heard from Donham.

Then in his 2017 book, The Blood of Emmett Till, Tim Tyson, a Duke University researcher, revealed that in 2007 Carolyn at the age 72,  and for the first time, admitted to him that she had lied about the story that Till had made any verbal and physical advances on her.

Tyson’s reveal made headlines across the country.

Tim Tyson will be with us on Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers, Friday, September 20th, live at 11am. 105.5fm in Chicago. Streaming globally on http://www.lumpenradio.com and podcast/archived at hittingleft.libsyn.com.

Also joining us will be gospel great, Mary D. Williams.

 

2 thoughts on “Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Tim Tyson and the blood of Emmett Till.

  1. Fred, as a teenager I used to listen to Black radio for the music and I remember when the played ³The Ballad of Emmett Till² repeatedly and I recall when Tyson¹s book came out that the woman admitted that she had lied, but I do not recall the reason she lied, do you know? Bob Lyons

    From: Fred Klonsky Reply-To: Fred Klonsky Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 9:52 AM To: Bob Lyons Subject: [New post] Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Tim Tyson and the blood of Emmett Till.

    WordPress.com Fred Klonsky posted: ” Carolyn Bryant Donham had been a central figure in the killing of Chicago’s Emmett Till. In August of 1955, while visiting family in Mississippi, Emmett Till had entered a store to buy two cents worth of bubble gum. Shortly after exiting it was said he”

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