Mamie Till, mother of Emmett Till and tireless advocate for social justice, is arguably Argo High School’s most influential graduate. She rose to fame with her brave decision to hold an open casket funeral following the brutal lynching of her son while he was on summer break in Mississippi in 1955. Mamie famously stated that she wanted the world to see what had happened to her son, sparking the Civil Rights Movement and bringing lynching to the forefront of social conversation.
She was the first Black student to make the A Honor Roll and only the fourth Black student to graduate from Argo High School. Following Emmett’s murder in 1955, Mamie fought for justice for her son while pursuing her degree in education. As a teacher, Mamie continued her social justice advocacy, working with children in and out of the classroom until her death in 2003 at the age of 81.
To honor her life and her work, we are establishing The Mamie Till Memorial Scholarship Fund and are working with Argo Community High School to erect a bronze sculpture in front of the school, adjacent to the neighborhood where Mamie and Emmett lived.
More information about the scholarship will be available when we open our applications early next year.Click here to donate to the sculpture and scholarship fund through our RallyUp page