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  • When the trial began after brief testimony from five character witnesses for Milam and Bryant, closing arguments began 
  • He is not guilty 
  • District Attorney Chatham, in a speech that moved many in the courtroom audience, demanded justice for the murder of Till
  • They murdered that boy, and to hide that dastardly , cowardly act, they tied barbed wire to his neck and to a heavy gin fan and dumped him into the river for the turtles and fish 
  • The jurors returned 68 minutes later to the courtroom to announce their verdict of "Not Guilty" 
  • Not Guillty 
  • The jury's verdict provoked both angry editorials and called for federal legislation to protect the civil rights of Black Americans. 
  • We won't be quiet 
  • Protest rallies, drawing thousands in some cases, were held in several cities.
  • We want justice 
  • We won't sit quiet  
  • We want same rights 
  • end this 
  • The verdict marked the real beginning of the civil rights movement
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