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Emmett Till

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via Newsone: Written By A. Woods:

Wednesday marked a monumental and equally historic day in Black history as the Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act was passed by the house, criminalizing lynching, thus making the act a hate crime under federal law. The legislature, which is in honor of Till, the 14-year-old Black boy who was kidnapped, tortured and lynched in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white woman, was successfully voted on by the House of Representatives after attempting to pass the bill for more than a 100 years. Black leaders celebrated the feat, which was introduced by Congressman Bobby L. Rush.

The bill was passed with a unanimous 410-4 vote, with Independent Rep. Justin Amash and Republican Reps. Louie GohmertThomas Massie and Ted Yoho, being the members of the House to vote against it.

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