An upcoming book by author and Duke University senior research scholar Timothy Tyson reveals startling new information about the infamous Emmett Till case.
Till was brutally killed by white men in while visiting in Money, Miss. in 1955. History says that the 14-year-old whistled at a white woman inside of store. The woman, Carolyn Bryant, claimed that Till spoke to her in a suggestive manner while other accounts claim he just whistled at her.
Bryant told her husband, Roy, about the incident. Along with other men, Roy beat and fatally shot Till. The murder was a defining moment for the Civil Rights Movement and a landmark case in America’s racial history.
Now 82 years old, Bryant confessed in 2007 that Till never made verbal and physical advances toward her, according to an article in Vanity Fair about the upcoming book The Blood of Emmett Till.
“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” she said.
Now living privately protected by family, Bryant added that she felt sorrow for Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley.
“She was glad things had changed [and she] thought the old system of white supremacy was wrong, though she had more or less taken it as normal at the time,” Tyson said.
No information has been released on whether or not Bryant will be charged, however, some say she should face punishment for lying about the incident that led to Till’s murder.
“62 years after claiming Emmett Till whistled at her, woman now admits she made it all up,” said writer Shaun King on Twitter. “She should be prosecuted.”
Tyson’s book is set for release on January 31.