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    Watch video from our Emmett Till Civil Rights Act event

    December 9, 2014

    Photo courtesy of Scavone Photography

    The Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) at Syracuse University’s College of Law examined the current state of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act during a panel at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 9, 2014. The Act expires in 2017. Given the recent killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and resulting fallout this was a particularly timely and compelling lineup.
    Assembled panel included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, D-TX; Thelma Wright Edwards, cousin of Emmett Till.; Darlene Nichelle Morris-Newbill, great-granddaughter of Frank Morris; Paul Delaney, former Editor of The New York Times; Paula Johnson, Syracuse University law professor and co-director of the CCJI; and moderator CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield.
    Attendees, some of whom were previously unaware of the Act and the crimes which led to it, left the event feeling engaged and ready to participate in the movement to push for its extension and expansion.