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Willie (Reed) Louis, witness in Emmett Till case, dies

 
 
Reply Thu 25 Jul, 2013 08:35 pm
I'll bet you never heard of Willie Reed or Willie Louis. I know I never had. But back in 1955 he did an incredibly brave thing for a black man in the American South of the time. He testified in the trial of two white men accused of lyching Emmett Till (of whom, I'm sure, you have heard).

Willie died at age 76 this week. You can read all about it here.

RIP, Mr. Louis.
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Reply Thu 25 Jul, 2013 08:49 pm
Thanks for the link. I had not seen anything about it.
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Reply Fri 26 Jul, 2013 01:02 am
@edgarblythe,
It's amazing that the name meant absolutely nothing to me when I heard it on the NPR newscast. I had to go the NYTimes site to look it up.
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