Amberly and her mother Magnolia Carter joined KBLA Radio host Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles on July 15th to discuss the story of Emmett Till and its relevance to the Black Lives Matter Movement today. This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of Black Lives Matter. I shared my in depth Black Lives Matter Turns 10 Weekend recap on the entire celebration here.

Check out the episode below.


KBLA Radio Interview

KBLA Interview Transcript snippet

Melina: But what happens in that film is that she is presented as Mamie Till, which is great. And what you’re sharing is that she was not by herself. She had, I didn’t know she had a fiance. She had a fiance. She had a family. She had a church family. She had a community. Um, who all held her up and allowed her to be the Mamie Till that we now honor and we do honor her right this doesn’t take anything away from the courage and beauty and power of Mamie Till, it’s to remember that we’re much much stronger together and much much more able to push forward when we have a community with us.

We got Howard calling in from Watts, we want to take your call Howard what you got for us.

Howard: But she died this past year. And I was, I know I saw pictures of her when I first, a picture of her. Did they have any recent pictures of her? Uh, in her older age? And I, And I believe she’s always moving around because of the pressure. Am I right or wrong on that?

So the question is about, um, What’s her name? Carolyn? Carolyn Dunham. Dunham, right. He’s asking brother Howard is asking if there’s any, um, newer photos of her. I’m sure there are. I think I saw some, I saw one. Yeah. Um, so one of the things I’d love to hear about your thoughts around that.

Amberly: One of the things I love about the us owning our narrative is that we don’t have to talk about her, that might drop.

Melina: We do not have to talk about her. We’ll just say that. The creator judge, let the creator judge. Absolutely. I do want to hear from you both though on, you are here specifically for the Black Lives Matter turns 10 celebration. So I want to hear from you about what made you hop on a plane, fly out from Chicago halfway across the country to be with us.

Magnolia: Today. This is such an import narrative. It’s something that I did not want to miss. It’s an experience of a lifetime. As far as I’m concerned, I want to be here with you. I want to be here with the families. I want to be here to be a part of this so that in, as I’m aging, I can say, Hey, I was part of that, but also to move forward and to be a part of wherever we’re going and how this ministry is going to affect the world from now.

Amberly: And I think for me, I thought about the families that have been impacted over the last 10 years, right, Jordan Davis, I’ve met that family, Uncle Ron, you know, and then I’ve met the Andrew Joseph family, and I feel very close to them. And I knew that Deja was a part of your team and planning this and I wanted to support her and her leadership.

She’s doing a phenomenal job, really amazing. And then I also think about Glenn Foster Jr. And his mother, Sabrina, I recently met her when I was at a work conference. And so I knew these families were going to be here. I wanted to be here to support them and their grief and, and their healing. And, you know, just be here to support all of the families that are here.

Magnolia: And unfortunately, there’s so many families. We can’t even say all the names. Exactly. We couldn’t in this short time, recognize everybody. But of course, um, we do, uh, we, we form bonds with these families. And it means a lot to us to be a part of this. They’re our family. They’re your family. They are. They are family.