With only a few weeks left in his presidential term, President Obama has added to his legacy by signing into law a bill that will reopen civil rights bills of the past.
On December 16, Obama signed the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016 and it became law. The bill discards limitations on cases that occurred before 1970 and will allow the FBI to continue investigating civil rights cases. That means that many crimes and other violations of civil rights that happened during the Jim Crow era will be open to investigation, and justice can be done.
Groups like Emory University’s Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project and the Cold Case Justice Initiative at Syracuse University will also be able to get funding to investigate these crimes as well.