"An Emmett Till marker has been vandalized yet again," writes Jemar Tisby in a powerful op-ed in the Mississippi Clarion Ledger, "and the form of vandalism symbolizes a larger story. While defacing a marker is nothing new, this is the first time a sign has been erased."
Tisby, president of the Reformed African American Network, and former principal and TFA member in the Mississippi Delta, warns against "historical amnesia," discussing the work of W.E.B. Du Bois and C. Vann Woodward to counter incorrect accounts of history. But he remains hopeful that vandalism will help open up a conversation about historical wounds and "offers a chance to reinvigorate efforts to redeem a painful past."