Portrait of former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, who chaired the 2008 DNC and attended the March on Washington, at The Center for Civil and Human Rights on Friday, August 18, 2017. Aug. 28 is an amazing day in black history. 1955: Emmitt Till killed. 1963: March on Washington. 2005: Katrina hits landfall. 2008: Obama accepts nomination. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Few dates outside of Christmas, Thanksgiving or Independence Day mean anything, especially if they are random.
A 10-year-old Shirley Franklin was living in Philadelphia at the time and said Till’s murder radicalized her.
“We talked about it as a family, especially his mother’s decision to have an open casket,” said Franklin, who would go on to become the mayor of Atlanta. “I couldn’t imagine a child being killed and what the impact of having an open casket would mean.”