0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how the federal government has reopened the investigation into the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black teen from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi. He was beaten to death after reportedly whistling at a white woman. Till’s murder is often cited as the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. In a report issued earlier this year, The Justice Department detailed that it had re-opened the case, which had been listed as closed on prior reports, after “receiving new information.” The Department of Justice sent this report to Closer Look, but declined further comment.
In other news, seven teenage orchestral musicians – four violinists, a violist, cellist, and trombonist – of the Atlanta Music Project (AMP) are in the nation’s capital today to perform with legendary hip-hop artist T.I. on NPR’s prestigious Tiny Desk Concert series. Closer Look paid a visit to Crossover Entertainment Group, Inc. in Atlanta to watch as T.I. met the musicians for the first time and listened to their take on his songs. We hear interviews and audio from the rehearsal day, before the group embarked on their trip.
5:50: Founded in 1986, the 100 Black Men of Atlanta is an African American volunteer organization focused on education, enrichment and empowerment through mentorship and community service. Its long-term goal is to create an educated workforce of well-rounded individuals who understand the importance of giving back to the community. We speak with newly appointed COO and Executive Director Anthony Flynn about his vision and direction for the organization.
31:05: The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors, including Atlanta’s own Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Dr. Guy-Sheftall is the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College. The appointment came just a few days prior to her being honored by the American Association of Access, Equity and Diversity with the Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Guy-Sheftall joins us in studio to discuss her career and the new appointment.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.