We’re a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Backed By The Till Family.

Emmett Till grew up here in Summit-Argo, and his tragic and unjust death changed the course of history in this country. In honor of Emmett Till’s legacy, our mission is to support students’ pursuit of higher education by awarding graduates with $1,000 and $500 scholarships.

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Pictured here is Reverend Wheeler Parker Jr, C.O.G.I., Cousin of Emmett Till
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Emmett Till Memorial Center

The Emmett Center was originally founded by a group of residents concerned about what was going on in the community around us and was spearheaded by Reverend Wheeler, and his wife Dr. Marvel Parker, in the early 1990’s. With the help of some county funding a building was constructed called “The Summit Community Task Force Building”, and it was the place to go for community information and services when they were available. The center was where the seniors, as well as the youth, would have their meetings and community services were provided. The center was used by everyone, and most services were free to residents. The building’s name has since been changed to what it is now the “Emmett Till Memorial Center” serving the community with services and as an information center for current events, the center is located at:

Emmett Till Memorial Center
6450 So. 76th Avenue
Summit, Illinois 60501

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Visit the Emmett Till Memorial Center

Traveling Directly East from the memorial Center is the memorial site where Emmett once lived as a child, when he lived in Summit. Emmett was known and loved by many is Argo and he was surrounded by many relatives and friends, continuing east less than one thousand feet is the Maimie Till Mobley statue at the Argo Community High School where she was one the first black student to graduate with honors. Both, more than honorable mentions in this nation’s history.

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