Emmett Till’s Chicago family hosts events on 60th anniversary of murder

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CHICAGO — A victim of racial injustice during the civil rights struggle is being remembered Friday.

Sixty years ago, 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy from Chicago, was beaten and shot to death in Mississippi for apparently whistling at a white woman.

He was kidnapped and found dead three days later. His suspected murderers were acquitted by an all-white jury, a turning point for civil rights in America.

The family of Emmett Till and The Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation is hosting a weekend of commemorative events.

On Friday, there was a procession from Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ at 40th and State to Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip. Roberts Temple was where Till's open casket funeral was held in 1955.  A wreath will be laid at Till's gravesite. There'll also be a dinner at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

On Sunday, there'll be a special gospel service back at Roberts Temple.