The Murder of Emmett Till

On July 25,1955, Emmett Till a fourteen year old African-American teenager was kidnapped and brutally murdered by two white men who tortured him, beat him, gouged out one of his eye’s, tore his entire jaw from his face, split his head in half with an ax, cut off his penis, shot him in the head several times and mutilated his entire body for two days in a barn until he finally died. The wife of one of the men said she could hear the color boy screaming all night until after a couple of days it stopped. They then took his lifeless body and tied a 70-pound cotton gin fan around his neck with barbwire, so his body will not submerge from the river. The two men, Bryant and Milam were both acquitted of Till’s kidnapping and murder just like Mark Zimmerman was found not guilty of Trayvon Martin murder. Where is the justice for our black teenage boys of color? This goes to show hatred and racism is still alive today as it was yesterday.

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About Colishia S. Benjamin

Colishia S. Benjamin is an inspirational author, inspiring screenwriter, and visionary living in North Carolina. She spent most of her adult life caring for others, working fifteen years in the healthcare field as a nursing assistant and as a habilitation technician. Her duties caring for the elderly and children with special needs exposed her to powerful emotional stories on a daily basis. The brave and remarkable individuals she met became the inspiration for her characters. Starting as poet and short story writer, Colishia knew she had more to say, and desire to develop and expand her writing into novels and screenplays. She enrolled in school as a full-time student at Full Sail University, where she earned her BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment. In 2011, she saw two of her poems published, including A Silly Girl Crush, appearing in the book From A Window: Harmony by Ebner & Wein Publishing, and Taboo appearing in the Anthology Stars in Our Hearts. In September of 2012, WestBow Press published her work Poetry of Life. Colishia is now in the process of writing her first feature length screenplay titled The Cry: a horror film about an evil entity haunting and killing vacationers that cross its path on a secluded island. She plans to release her second book Dear Lord: A book of prayers in the Fall 2017.

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