The students of the Cultural Leadership program “repaired” a damaged memorial to Emmett Till in Money, Miss. with notes and drawings. (Courtesy of Holly Ingraham/Cultural Leadership)
The group of 24 high school students had traveled the country for three weeks learning about civil rights, social justice and some of the darkest chapters in American history. They’d met with notable figures such as Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rev. Al Sharpton.
So when they came across a vandalized memorial to Emmett Till, the African American boy whose murder in 1955 helped galvanize the Civil Rights movement, they knew exactly what to do.
The students, participating in the St. Louis-based Cultural Leadership program, were near the end of their trip when they stopped in Money, Miss. on June 25 to visit Bryant’s Grocery. The infamous store is where Till encountered the woman who accused him of flirting with her, an …