Emmett Till

The brutal murder of 14-year old African American Emmett Till in 1955 served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights movement. These books and films examine what happened and discuss its impact.

Books | Documentaries

Related event:
Alvin Sykes: Pursuit of Justice for Emmett Till, July 16, 2009

Books

Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Changed America
By Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson
Speaking out for the first time, Mamie Till-Mobley offers a memoir of the 1955 slaying of her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till--the teenager whose murder galvanized the civil rights movement.

Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press
By Davis W. Houck and Matthew A. Grindy
The authors of Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press reveal how Mississippi journalists both expressed and shaped public opinion in the aftermath of the 1955 Emmett Till murder. Combing small-circulation weeklies as well as large-circulation dailies, Houck and Grindy analyze the rhetoric at work as the state attempted to grapple with a brutal, small-town slaying.

The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative
Edited by Christopher Metress
On August 28, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was abducted from his great-uncle's cabin in Mississippi and killed. With a collection of more than 100 documents, Metress retells Till's story in a unique way – juxtaposing news accounts and investigative journalism with memoirs, poetry, and fiction.

Documentaries

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
This film is the result of a 10-year journey to uncover the truth behind the murder of an innocent African-American teenager. Emmett’s brutal murder - and his family’s brave actions in the horrifying aftermath - served as a major impetus for America's civil rights movement.

The Murder of Emmett Till
The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Till's killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder. Three months after Till's body was recovered, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began.

Free at Last, Civil Rights Heroes: Part 1 - Emmett Till, Medgar Evers
The civil rights movement in the United States is usually thought of in terms of its leadership, but often the catalysts for progress were people who fought from within a larger group or performed individual acts of heroism. Some were victims who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. These are some of those stories.

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