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Madera 8th graders take part in Memorial March to remember Emmett Till

MADERA, California (KFSN) – Step by step, eighth graders from Eastin-Arcola and La Vina Elementary Schools are fighting for justice.

More than 60 students took to the streets of Madera holding up their handmade signs for the tragic death of Emmett Till.

“It’s really great to walk in for justice and get what Emmett deserves,” says Christopher Tornero.

Last August, the two classes began a project called the Madera Method, focusing on the evolution of Jim Crow.

Students investigated several lynchings and discovered the murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American.

He was brutally murdered in 1955 for allegedly flirting with a white woman.

Several days later, he was found on the Tallahatchie River.

The facilitator says the project allows students to live the story outside the classroom.

“We believe that if we allow students to participate in the glorious story-making endeavor, we are all better off for it,” says Bill Coate.

An investigation into the death of Emmett Till reopened in 2018, but the Department of Justice recently closed the investigation without further charges.

The students were shocked by the crime and shocked by the fact that the two adult, white men accused of torturing and killing Till were tried and found not guilty.

“It’s important to know such a story because if we did not do it, people would just upload it as nothing is important,” says Hasani Heard. “We need to put details so that people understand how serious a crime this was.”

The students completed their walk on the steps of the Madera County Courthouse Museum.

They decided to correct the historical injustice by judging the murderers.

The students will prosecute the case, 12 members of the Black Students Association will serve as jurors.

The trial will take place at the prefectural court museum on Wednesday, March 30, at 10 am. It is open to the public.

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