Civil Rights Movement: Desegregation
Mamie (Till) Mobley (1921 - 2003), also known as Mamie Bradley, was the mother of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old boy brutally murdered in Mississippi in the summer of 1955. She spent the years following her son's death continuing her work in the Chicago public schools and organizing tributes in the memory of Emmett.
Mamie Mobley refused to allow Emmett's violent death to be in vain. She rejected efforts to hide her son's mutilated corpse from the media and demanded his tortured body be displayed at the funeral in an open casket, to let "the world see what they did to my boy." She also allowed the black publication Jet magazine to print chilling images of the boy's crushed face for all of black America to see.