Events in Mississippi, Illinois commemorate 60th anniversary of slaying of Emmett Till

Events in Mississippi and Illinois this week are commemorating the 60th anniversary of the slaying of Emmett Till.

The black 14-year-old from Chicago was visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta when witnesses said he violated the Jim Crow social code by whistling at a white woman. He was kidnapped and killed Aug. 28, 1955, and his body was recovered from the Tallahatchie River three days later.

His mother chose to have an open-casket funeral in Chicago, and Jet magazine published a photo of his mutilated corpse, sparking outrage that galvanized the civil rights movement.

An all-white jury acquitted two white men charged in the slaying.

Movie screenings and church services are among the events Thursday through Sunday in Mississippi. A wreath-laying ceremony is Friday at his mother's gravesite in Chicago.