Yesterday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the NFL will premiered the latest installment of its Say their Stories series highlighting the story of Emmett Till, who was murdered in 1955 at age 14 after being accused of offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store. The brutality of Till’s murder and the subsequent acquittal of his murderers is a defining moment in the history of the Civil Rights Movement and persecution of African Americans. The piece is narrated by Seattle Seahawks’ wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. Metcalf, who has worn Till’s name on the back of his helmet throughout the season, grew up in Oxford, M.I. – Just an hour and a half away from the town of Money, M.I. where Till was murdered.
Say Their Stories is a season-long NFL initiative that highlights social justice, works to raise awareness of systemic racism that has resonated throughout the nation and enact fundamental change by amplifying the names and stories of victims of police brutality through player voices to drive the narrative forward. Over 1,400 players, coaches, and officials have chosen the name of a victim or a phrase like “It takes all of us” and “Black Lives Matter” to wear on helmet decals and/or custom cleats this season. Additional Say Their Stories PSAs include Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Julius Jones, Alton Sterling and the first installment of Black Lives Matter. Below is a link to the full Emmett Till PSA and a quote from Metcalf.
VIDEO of Emmett Till Say Their Stories PSA, narrated by D.K. Metcalf:
- Embeddable YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zozxw0TuJEE
D.K. Metcalf Quotes on Emmett Till and The PSA:
- “When people are angry at what’s going on in the world, it’s nothing new in my eyes, coming from Mississippi. I’ve been around it my whole life.”
- ‘Till’s life means awareness. Emmett Till is really like a backstory of how cutthroat the world really is; How racism has been going on for numerous years, and people think it just went on in the South. Racism is going on across the United States.”
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