>> The opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC held as a major step toward recognizing the untold history of this country. A legacy of racist violence, cast into stark relief just this week. The police chief of La Grange, Georgia on Friday, issuing a rare public apology for the role police officers played in a heinous crime, the lynching of a black teen, almost 80 years ago.
>> On behalf of La Grange police department, and the city of La Grange, want to acknowledge the police department's failure to take crucial action in its obligation to protect Austin Callaway on September 8th, 1940.>> Callaway was in jail for allegedly assaulting a white woman when a mob of white men took him from his cell and shot him to death.
It's estimated that thousands of lynchings took place in the United States between 1882 and 1968. And those are just the documented ones. Perhaps the most famous is that of Emmett Till in 1955. Only 14 years old, when he was beaten to death for allegedly flirting with a white woman.
His mother insisting on an open casket funeral displaying his brutal injuries to the world. And a new book puts the horror of his death in a new light. Carolyn Bryant, the white woman who accused the teen of whistling at her and making lewd remarks, confessing that all of that was a lie.
The revelation coming out in a Vanity Fair article this week, detailing how the author of the upcoming book, The Blood of Emmett Till, tracked her down. The history of lynching.>> August 1955, Emmett Till, who got shot. I want everyone to know that we're upset and we're responding to a war that was declared on us in 1955.
>> African Americans denied justice, victimized by police, killed with prejudice but without cause A subject that still resonates in America in 2017.