Summit on the 65th Anniversary of the Murder of Emmett Till

Panel 1: Emmett Till and Justice

  • Rev. Wheeler Parker, Jr., cousin of Emmett Till

  • Pastor Willie Williams, co-chair, Emmett Till Memorial Commission

  • Vangela Wade, President and CEO, Mississippi Center for Justice

  • Dale Killinger, former FBI Section Chief

  • Moderator: Patrick Weems, Executive Director, Emmett Till Memorial Commission

Panel 2: Emmett Till and Memorialization

  • Dr. Marvel Parker, Wife of Rev. Wheeler Parker and Coordinator of efforts to get National Landmark Status for Roberts Temple in Chicago

  • Chris Benson, Associate Professor of journalism at Northwestern University and co-author of Mamie Till-Mobley’s autobiography, Death of Innocence (2003)

  • Katherine Malone-France, Chief Preservation Officer, National Trust

  • Dr. Dave Tell, Professor of Communications and Co-Director of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas, author of Remembering Emmett Till (2019)

  • Moderator: Nikki Buffa, Latham Watkins, LLC

Panel 3: “Emmett Till was my George Floyd” - The late Rep. John Lewis

  • Isabel Spafford, University of Mississippi student organizer

  • Maisie Brown, organizer of the Jackson BLM march

  • Albert Sykes, Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Education in America

  • Moderator: Von Gordon, Youth Engagement Manager, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Reading and Conversation with Mississippi Author Kiese Laymon