Wright died Monday of complications from bone cancer, his wife, Annie Wright, said. He was 74.
Wright witnessed the kidnapping of his cousin, Emmett Till. Till was tortured, killed and his body was tossed into a river, after allegedly whistling at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant. It has been reported that Carolyn Bryant admitted to lying.
Our condolences to the family of Mr. Wright.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God has laid, you see.
I took His hand when I heard His call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found the peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
yes, these things I too will miss.