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The 1955 abduction and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till helped ignite the civil rights movement. A month after the Till lynching, Martin Luther King stated that it ‘‘might be considered one of the most brutal and inhuman crimes of the twentieth century’’ (Papers 6:232). Just three months after Till’s body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began. For most of his life, King would use the Till murder as an example of ‘‘the evil of racial injustice,’’ preaching about ‘‘the crying voice of a little Emmett Till, screaming from the rushing waters in [Mississippi]’’ (King, 12 May 1963).