Monday, September 13, 2010

The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation Launches the Never Again Movement and Pledge

Deborah Watts, co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation; Rev. Wheeler Parker, a cousin who traveled to Mississippi with Emmett Till from Chicago in 1955; Alvin Sykes, Emmett Till Justice Campaign; and Airickca Taylor of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, stand with the winning logo created by Christopher Harrison of Minneapolis at the Time of Reflection and Remembrance Gala on Aug 27, 2010 at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago.
The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and other national organizations joined together on August 27-28th 2010 in Chicago, IL, to help launch the Never Again Movement and Pledge, as they commemorated the 55th Anniversary of the death of Emmett Till. Till’s kidnapping and brutal murder at age 14 sparked outrage around the world and the modern civil rights movement. The Foundation and its partners are encouraging all generations and those across the world to pledge to never again allow racism, hatred, injustice and crimes against youth to occur. The Pledge was kicked off at the Foundation's “A Time of Reflection and Remembrance” charity benefit at the Smart Museum of Art at The University of Chicago.

The gala included a museum tour, VIP reception with specialty cocktails sponsored by CONJURE, live entertainment featuring the talented songstress Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of the legendary Ray Charles, and a silent and live auction, while launching the “Never Again” national movement and pledge.

The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and the Never Again Movement team are asking you to Support the "Never Again" Movement and make the pledge by asking your friends and family members to join you in making the pledge, and announcing it at your meetings, national conventions, concerts, gatherings, churches, other places of worship, homes and communities.

The "NEVER AGAIN" Pledge: I pledge to "Never Again" allow the ugly parts of our past history to become the present. I will forever stand up against racism, hatred, injustice and crimes against our youth........I will always stand up for peace, justice and equality for all.

For more information on the Foundation and the Pledge, visit their Facebook page HERE.

1 comment:

Leah Saunders said...

I'm moved and called to action.
I have always been touched by this tragic loss since I read about it when I was 12. I was volunteering at the library and came across the information. I was sad that I didn't learn it in school and told my teacher the next day.
My website is
I want to donate to the cause and help the memorial be completed in Mississippi.