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(Chicago, IL) – “It is with deep sadness that the Emmett Till Family and The Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation announce the sudden passing of Executive Director, Mrs. Airickca Gordon Taylor.  Airickca, 50, cousin to Emmett Louis Till, has been a stalwart and advocate for social justice and equality.  She spent countless years as a dedicated advocate for anti-lynching legislation, pro peace marches, youth conferences and has supported the Board, shareholders, volunteers, and countless community non-profits through her selfless dedication to the vision of the Foundation.  

Airickca made a life-long commitment to her cousin Mamie Till of “Remembering the Past and Educating the Future” through the legacy of Emmett Till.  Despite numerous medical bouts throughout the years, it was with great courage, devotion, and resolve that she stood firm to this mission in the face of virulent circumstances. Airickca was excited about her full recovery so that she could continue to plan for the 65th Commemoration of the tragic death of Emmett Till scheduled for August 28, 2020.  Please look for more information on this event in the very near future.

Although we are personally hurting right now as a family, we extend continued concern and prayers to our nation and world as we face many uncertainties with COVID-19.  We ask for prayers and will be doing the same for each of you.

Airickca’s Facebook caption says it best…Legacy Keeper, Survivor, Social Activist, and Kidney Warrior.  May she rest in Heaven with God and the other foot soldiers.  And may her work still live through us!  Thank you again for your ongoing support as we strive to fulfill the mission that Mamie began and Airickca continued.”

“Airickca dedicated her life’s work to lifting up the legacy of her cousin, Emmett Till, and she stood in solidarity with other families who had lost loved ones to racial violence in our country. She fought for truth and justice, and worked tirelessly to promote racial healing,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. (The Lawyers’ Committee works in partnership with The Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation)

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation ( or the American Kidney Foundation.