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Sun Mar 22, 2020, 09:50 PM

Civil rights activist and Emmett Till relative dies at 50

Source: AP

By SOPHIA TAREEN

CHICAGO (AP) — Airickca Gordon-Taylor, a relative of Emmett Till who spent her life educating others about the black teenage lynching victim’s legacy through her foundation, died at age 50, according to family members.

Gordon-Taylor, of suburban Chicago, died early Saturday, hours after a hospital stay. She had kidney problems for decades, including two transplants, according to her mother, Ollie Gordon, who was Till’s cousin.

“She was a great advocate. She was a fighter for equal justice,” Gordon said. “She was very serious about her commitment to keep the legacy of Emmett Till going.”

Gordon-Taylor, of Olympia Fields, also called herself Till’s cousin, but considered herself a surrogate daughter to his mother, whom she lived with for a time. In 2009, Gordon-Taylor named her foundation after Till’s mother, calling it the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation. Its mission is to honor her and her only son.



This photo provided by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law shows Airickca Gordon-Taylor. Gordon-Taylor, a relative of Emmett Till who spent her life educating others about the black teenage lynching victim's legacy through her foundation, died at age 50, according to family members. Gordon-Taylor, of suburban Chicago, died early Saturday, March 21, 2020, hours after a hospital stay. (Kristen Clarke/Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law via AP)


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Mon Mar 23, 2020, 04:16 AM

1. And yet the woman who made up the story that Emmett whistled at her still lives

Google "Carolyn Bryant Donham".

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