Simeon Wright, a cousin of lynching victim Emmett Louis Till Jr., speaks at a news conference in Chicago in 2009. Wright, who was with Till when the cousin from Chicago was kidnapped and killed in Mississippi in 1955, has died at age 74. Wright’s cousin, Airickca Gordon-Taylor, said Wright died Sept. 4 from cancer at his Chicago-area home.
Simeon Wright, a cousin of lynching victim Emmett Louis Till Jr., speaks at a news conference in Chicago in 2009. Wright, who was with Till when the cousin from Chicago was kidnapped and killed in Mississippi in 1955, has died at age 74. Wright’s cousin, Airickca Gordon-Taylor, said Wright died Sept. 4 from cancer at his Chicago-area home. M. Spencer Green AP File
Simeon Wright, a cousin of lynching victim Emmett Louis Till Jr., speaks at a news conference in Chicago in 2009. Wright, who was with Till when the cousin from Chicago was kidnapped and killed in Mississippi in 1955, has died at age 74. Wright’s cousin, Airickca Gordon-Taylor, said Wright died Sept. 4 from cancer at his Chicago-area home. M. Spencer Green AP File

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About Charlie Mitchell

Charlie Mitchell

Charlie Mitchell is a former newspaper editor and current journalism professor at the University of Mississippi. He is a self-syndicated columnist from Oxford, Miss.