President Biden signed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act into law, the culmination of more than a century of efforts to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.
Passage of the legislation to make lynching a federal crime is a major milestone after more than 200 attempts to pass such legislation failed over the course of a century.
Maryland is the first state to issue a comprehensive set of pardons to the victims of lynching. Across the U.S., more than 4,000 Black people were lynched in acts of racial terror.
Fuller's death on June 10 was initially ruled a suicide, but that conclusion outraged his family, who insisted that he would not take his own life.
"This wasn't the right word to use and I'm sorry about that," Joe Biden tweeted after a video resurfaced of him using the term to describe the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
Emmett Till's 1955 lynching propelled the civil rights movement, but telling his story underscores a reluctance for some in Mississippi "to come to grips with its history of racial brutality."
In poring through past yearbooks, the student journalists are reckoning with the racist history of both their state and their campus. A historian says the yearbook's title itself refers to blackface.
The special election runoff in deep red Mississippi was expected to be a sleepy affair — a formality, even. Instead, the race has tightened as the GOP candidate stumbled over the state's racist past.
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, facing African-American opponent Mike Espy on Nov. 27, was caught on tape saying about a supporter, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row."
After 100 years of unsuccessful legislative efforts Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Tim Scott hope to finally make lynching a federal crime.