This is our January 24th, 2018 broadcast in our 6th season.
On this day in history;
January 24, 1956, Look magazine published the confessions of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, two white men from Mississippi who were acquitted in the 1955 kidnapping and murder of Emmett Louis Till, an African-American teenager from Chicago. In the Look article, titled “The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi,” the men detailed how they beat Till with a gun, shot him and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River with a heavy cotton-gin fan attached with barbed wire to his neck to weigh him down. The two killers were paid a reported $4,000 for their participation in the article.
• Our abolitionist in profile is. The Rev. Mr. Kelly
Tonight will likely be the 1st time his words have been read publicly in over 150 years.
We’ll share his Anecdotal speech regarding one man’s experience within the system of slavery.
• In the segment; “For Freedom’s Sake” A History of rebellion, we remember The Bittersweet Victory at Saint-Domingue.
• Our Rider of the 21st-century Underground Railroad is Thomas Sierra.
On February 7, 1997, the jury convicted Sierra of first-degree. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison on the murder charge and an additional 10 years in prison for firearm charges for a total of 55 years. On January 9, 2018, the prosecution agreed to vacate Sierra’s conviction and dismissed the case.
• As usual, we’ll dissect and disseminate current news and events related to 13TH amendment slavery from the perspectives of abolitionists.