This is a revealing fiction book based on the life of Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955). Emmett was a 14-year-old black boy who was lynched in Mississippi after being accused of offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store. The brutality of his murder and the fact that his bloodthirsty killers were acquitted drew attention to the long history of violent attacks on black men and boys in the United States by cruel and violent White men in the south.
Emmett was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. During summer vacation in August 1955, he was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi. He spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the white married proprietor of a small grocery store there.Till was accused of flirting with or whistling at Bryant.
Several nights after the incident in the store, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J.W. Milam were armed when they went to Till’s great-uncle’s house and abducted Emmett. They took him away and savagely mutilated him, before shooting him in the head and sinking his body in the Tallahatchie River. Three days later, Till’s body was discovered and retrieved from the river.
Till’s body was returned to Chicago where his mother insisted on a public funeral service with an open casket which was held at Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ. Tens of thousands attended his funeral or viewed his open casket, Images of his mutilated body were published in black-oriented magazines and newspapers. In September 1955, an all-white jury found Bryant and Milam not guilty of Till’s murder. Protected against double jeopardy, the two men publicly admitted in a 1956 interview with Look magazine that they had killed Till.
Statistics on lynchings began to be collected in 1882. Since that time, more than 500 black men and women have been killed in Mississippi alone, and more than 4,000 across the South. In 1955 it was Emmett Till, today it’s George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery and thousands more.
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