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The House is approved a historic bill to make lynching a federal crime Wednesday. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act was introduced by Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush, and named for Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old African-American teen who was brutally murdered in a racist attack in 1955. Till's death became a catalyst for the civil rights movement, and he remains a symbol of the thousands of African-Americans killed in racist attacks after the Civil War and in the twentieth century. The bill passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 410-4. "Lynching is a blot on the history of America, but an even greater blot is the silence that for too long was maintained," House Majority Leade... Full story

26 February