Summary: civil rights figure who was the mother of 14-year-old Mississippi lynching victim Emmett Till in 1955 (beaten to death for supposedly whistling at a white woman), who allowed his mutilated body to be viewed and photographed, outraging many Americans at this act of violence and signaling the end of the "Jim Crow" south, and who went on to become a champion for children in poor neighborhoods.
Cause of Death: Kidney failure and cardiac arrest
Born: November 23, 1921
Died: January 6, 2003
Location: Chicago, Illinois