By Marilyn Nelson
In 1955, humans everywhere in the usa knew that Emmett Louis until used to be a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white girl in Mississippi. The brutality of his homicide, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the lads attempted for the crime drew extensive media attention.
Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose destiny helped spark the civil rights stream. This martyr’s wreath, woven from a little-known yet refined type of poetry, demanding situations us to talk out opposed to modern day injustices, to speak what we see.”
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TheHyde Park Property Owners Journal in 1927 issued the following warning: Their solid vote is the Negroes' great weapon. They have a total vote in Chicago of about 40,000. This total vote is cast solid for the candidate who makes the best bargain with them... This vote situation is the foundation of the Chicago Negro's effrontery and his evil designs against the white man's property. He feels that he holds the balance of power and that he can dictate the policy of any administration that happens to be elected by his controlling black vote.
Realistically, Black voters won little other than the intangible benefit of a mayor who was perceived to be a friend of Blacks solely because he refrained from attacking Dawson. Where Daley stood on issues of open housing or school desegregation was unstated. Beyond this, the rewards that Blacks received in exchange for their votes, in this and future Daley elections, amounted to a halt of the city investigations of the lucrative policy wheels (enabling the illegal operation that greatly benefited Dawson to continue unfettered), aid in applying for and obtaining federal welfare, and lowpaying, nondecisionmaking patronage jobs in the park district, sanitation department, and other city bureaucracies.
Son of Thompson's longtime ally) who defeated Democrat Roy Washington (father of future mayor Harold Washington) and continued the Republican party's control over the Third Ward aldermanic office until 1955. 35 Kelly's elections were competitive; in his four victories his percentage of the vote was 58, 83, 56, and 55 (table 2-2). Because his margins of victory were not overwhelming, he knew that he had to expand his party's electoral coalition. At the national level, FDR was broadening the party's tent by appealing to Blacks, and Kelly followed the same strategy.
A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson