About us

The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation (ETLF) was established in 2005 and is a 501c3 non-profit, non-partisan organization that is committed to creating a legacy of hope by equipping, inspiring and empowering youth, women and families for a better future.


Our mission (in the words of Emmett's mother, Mamie Till Mobley).

"We cannot afford the luxury of self pity. Our top priority now is to get on with the building process. My personal peace has come through helping boys and girls reach beyond the ordinary and strive for the extraordinary. We must teach our children to weather the hurricanes of life, pick up the pieces and rebuild. We must impress upon our children that even when troubles rise to 7.1 on life's Richter scale, they must be anchored so deeply that, tough they sway, they will not topple."

-Mamie Till Mobley

Quote from the dedication of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama on November 5th, 1989. 
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