Whoopi Goldberg Wants Emmett Till’s Accuser To ‘Admit What She Did’
Whoopi Goldberg wants Carolyn Bryant Donham — the white woman behind Emmett Till’s lynching — to admit what she did!
Whoopi Goldberg is one of the producers and stars of the new film “Till,” which is inspired by how Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, relentlessly pursued justice for her only child.
During a recent interview, the 66-year-old actress and TV personality had this to say about Carolyn Bryant Donham:
“I don’t want her in jail but I want her in front of a judge and jury…I want her to admit what she did and what part she had.”
“And then, you know, for me, that would be perfect, instead of still trying to hide what she did away.”
As previously reported, a grand jury in Mississippi chose not to indict the white woman whose accusations led to the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till nearly 70-years-ago, despite new knowledge of a reported unserved arrest warrant and an unpublished memoir by Carolyn Bryant Donham herself.
Leflore County District Attorney Dewayne Richardson said it was determined there wasn’t enough evidence to indict Carolyn Bryant Donham — who is now in her 80s — on charges of kidnapping and manslaughter.
As you may recall, Emmett Till had been visiting relatives in Mississippi. He was killed for allegedly flirting and whistling at Carolyn Bryant Donham (then just Carolyn Bryant) four days earlier. As a Chicago native, he was “not prepared for the level of segregation he encountered” while spending time with family in Money, Mississippi.
The tragic event occurred in the early morning hours of August 28, 1955, when Bryant and his brother J.W. Milam went to the house of Emmett‘s great-uncle, Mose Wright. They dragged Emmett into their car — against Mose Wright‘s wishes — and at some point, beat him to death and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River.
Emmett‘s body was discovered three days later, recognized only by the initialed ring his mother (Mamie Till-Mobley) had handed down to him from his father. Like Bryant, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam were never convicted.
Whoopi Goldberg, who also stars in the film as Alma Carthan, revealed that she, along with other producers, had been trying to bring the film “Till” to fruition for a decade before finally securing financial backing after the murder of George Floyd and subsequent “Black Lives Matter” protests. During her interview, the Oscar winner says the movie would not have been made had it not been for those pivotal events. She explained,
“I would like to be more positive, but I think George Floyd had a lot to do with why this got made.”
“Till,” which also stars Jalyn Hall, Danielle Deadwyler and Frankie Faison, is scheduled for a limited release on Oct. 14. The film depicts the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi.
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