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Aaron Cunningham and his dad both faced racist abuse in sport, so when US protests flared he couldn't just stand idly by

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Aaron Cunningham with protesters in New York

Aaron Cunningham with protesters in New York

Aaron Cunningham with protesters in New York

When Emmett Till's mother Mamie decided on an open casket for her son's funeral in Chicago, once his body was fished out of the Tallahatchie River after being beaten, mutilated and shot, it attracted mourners in the tens of thousands in August 1955.

Images of the body were circulated throughout newspapers and magazines of black interest.

The story was a familiar one, but the visibility of the brutality exposed the Jim Crow-era Southern states.