Congressional Honor Given to Emmett Till

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The Senate has passed a bi-partisan bill to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till.

The 14-year-old Black teen from Chicago was visiting family in Mississippi in 1955 when he was accused of propositioning a white woman. Till was brutally murdered by white supremacists. 

The recognition comes more than a month after the Justice Department officially closed its investigation into the infamous killing.