Emmett Till Act

The House's lopsided 42-3 historic passage of an anti-lynching bill named for Emmett Till was opposed by Texas Rep. Chip Roy, who has previously called the racist vigilante act "a metaphor for justice.”

In the new PBS documentary  “American Reckoning,” which airs Feb 15, directors Brad Lichtenstein and Yoruba Richen dive into the unsolved murder of Wharlest Jackson, a Natchez, Mississippi native who was killed by a car bomb.

The new legislation will allow civil rights cold cases that happened prior to 1970 to be reopened.