Emmett Louis Till (July 25, – August 28, ) was a young African-American who was . Even the suggestion of sexual contact between black men and white women could carry severe penalties for According to Wright, Till did not have a photo of a white girl in his wallet and no one dared him to flirt with Bryant. Jul 28, - Officials still don't know why a white man allegedly stabbed a black . The random murder of Wilson -- a black teenager described by her family . "I hate to say that but you know, why would you choose two young black girls?