Remembering Mamie Till-Mobley
On March 8, 2023, to celebrate International Women’s Day, The Cliff Dwellers hosted a lunch for students from Holy Trinity High School in Chicago, and Argo Community High School in Summit, Illinois. Eve Moran, a former President of The Cliff Dwellers, organized the lunch to celebrate the memory of Mamie Till-Mobley, who died in 2003. After her 14-year-old son Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, Mamie Till-Mobley worked to help bring about a climate of race relations that would finally see an end to such abominations. Her book, Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Changed America, records this part of her life. On display At The Cliff Dwellers during the lunch were works of art created by the Argo students. The theme of this artwork was to recall the memory of Emmett Till in our day and age.
During the program Eve Moran, interviewed Till family members, including Mamie Till-Mobley’s cousins, Ollie Gordon, President of the Mamie Till-Mobley Foundation, Ollie’s daughter, Amberly R. Carter, and her sister, Magnolia Carter. Also speaking were Ruth Aizuss Migdal, Co-Chair of the Club’s Art Committee, Alexa Edwards, the art teacher at Argo High School, and Sonja Henderson, the sculptor of the soon to be unveiled work at the school depicting its graduate Mamie Till-Mobley.
Present recording the event for ABC Channel 7 News was Karen Jordan. Covering the news runs in Karen’s family. Karen’s Cliff Dweller father, Robert Jordan, himself had a long and distinguished career in Chicago television as both a reporter and anchor.