Biden’s decision to designate the monument comes amid a conservative-led push to sanitize and distort the history of anti-Black violence in the US.
The new public sculpture is said to be the only official statue honoring Emmett Till in the United States.
The student screening of Till emphasized an important aim of the film: to educate young people about the fierce love and activism of Mamie Till-Mobley, which played no small part in igniting the Civil Rights Movement.
A sign remembering Till, defaced with bullets, will be displayed across from the Star-Spangled Banner.
From a report on sundown towns to interviews with Angela Davis and Emmett Till’s mother, here are highlights from the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.
By designating the home as an official landmark, the city commits to protecting the structure from demolition and any significant renovations.
The sign honoring the slain boy is the fourth to be built in just over a decade due to repeated acts of vandalism.
This is the third historical marker to be damaged by bullets since it was erected in 2007. Now, three University of Mississippi students are facing a possible civil rights investigation after posing with guns next to the bullet-punctured sign.