Biden declares Till National Monument and my family was there to witness the signing in Washington, D.C.


If you’re new to me, I’m a cousin of Emmett Till, 14 year old Chicagoan whose death, funeral and murder trial sparked the Civil Rights Movement. Because of my historical familial ties, my family is often asked to attend special events. Up to this point, I don’t think there’s been any invitations quite as special as a White House visit. I was able to meet President Biden prior in the Rose Garden after he and VP Harris signed legislation making lynching a federal hate crime. This took 200 attempts.


If you missed this monumentous occasion (or just want to replay it), you can watch President Biden declare Till National Monument below:

President Biden signs a proclamation on July 25, 2023, at the White House to establish a national monument dedicated to my cousin Emmett Till, whose death sparked the civil rights movement. Read more:

Watch as my cousin Wheeler Parker, last living eye-witness to Emmett’s kidnapping heads to the White House as Biden declares Till National Monument out of historical landmark sites:

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