Closer Look: Deborah Watts, Emmett Till’s Cousin; Friends of Disabled Adults and Children; And More

Late last week, the Federal Government reopened the murder case of Emmett Till. On today’s “Closer Look,” Rose spoke with Till’s cousin Deborah Watts.
Late last week, the Federal Government reopened the murder case of Emmett Till. On today’s “Closer Look,” Rose spoke with Till’s cousin Deborah Watts.
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Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about local political reactions to President Donald Trump’s assertion that Russia had not interfered in the 2016 presidential election, which he said at the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on Monday. Georgia Republican Seb, Johnny Isakson tweeted: “I support the assessment of the intel community & the bipartisan Senate Intel Committee findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election – just as it has done for decades. Russia does not deserve our trust or special treatment, and my view remains unchanged after today’s mtg.” And Democratic Congressman John Lewis released a statement that reads, in part: “I am deeply disturbed by the outcome of the Helsinki summit. The leader of this nation takes an oath before God to defend this country from all enemies both foreign and domestic, but this president is not defending the American way of life. He seems afraid to hold Russia accountable for its infringement on the election of 2016.”
  • 2:42: Late last week, the Federal Government reopened the murder case of Emmett Till. On Aug. 28, 1955, the 14-year-old boy was abducted and killed in Mississippi. Now, 63 years later, Deborah Watts, cousin of Emmett Till and co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, hopes that the Justice Department’s decision to reopen the investigation into Till’s murder will bring long-awaited justice. We speak with her to find out what this means for Till’s family.
  • 31:15: We revisit the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till with archival interviews with his mother, Mamie Till, and excerpts from our conversations with longtime investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell of The Clarion-Ledger and Hank Klibanoff, a veteran journalist, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, professor and editor of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project. We also hear reflections on the case from Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College. And we hear from Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin, about the parallels between the murder of their son and Emmett Till.
  • 40:42: Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) and Goodwill of North Georgia have partnered to provide more home medical equipment for those with disabilities.The effort is being funded by a 2018 Collaborative Innovation Grant by The Home Depot Foundation. The program gives FODAC access to certain Goodwill of North Georgia thrift stores, where it can collect unsold home medical equipment, clean and repair it, and add it to FODAC’s inventory available to the disabled community. President and CEO of FODAC Chris Brand joins us in studio to tell us more about the effort.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.