Compensation Bill Proposed

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Walls: Compensation fund more about acknowledgment than money.


Ellie Dahmer, whose husband was killed by the Ku Klux Klan in the 1960s, would be eligible to receive monetary compensation under proposed legislation in the Mississippi Senate. But Dahmer says money isn't the best way to honor her husband's sacrifice.

Dahmer said she believes a better approach would be to enlighten young people about the civil rights movement and those who lost their lives for the sake of equality.

The bill by Sen. Johnnie Walls, D-Greenville, would create the Emmett Louis Till Victims' Compensation Fund. It is named after the 14-year-old who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955, supposedly for whistling at a white woman.

The bill provides compensation, up to $100,000, to be shared by the lawful survivors of a victim of racially motivated crimes that occurred between 1945 and 1970.

Walls has filed the bill, or similar legislation, every year since 1997. It has yet to pass.