NOTES ON EMMETT LOUIS TILL & a BRIEF BIBLIOGRAPHY
Emmett Till was born on July 25, 1941, and had barely turned fourteen when he was beaten and shot, his lifeless body pushed into the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi. Racial hatred ended his young life in the early morning of August 28, 1955. The details of his murder are in the historical record, in particular the January 24, 1956 interview of his killers by William Bradford Huie published in Look Magazine. In the article his racist murderers said Emmett Till never would say what they wanted: that he was not as good as them. To me this makes Emmett Till among the strongest, most courageous of young people I know about.
Over the years books, articles, documentaries, songs, and poems have been created about the Chicago youth who died so brutally. Today Emmett Till’s death is recognized as having helped bring to life the Civil Rights movement: Rosa Parks said she was thinking of Emmett the historic day she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, AL in December 1955, just 100 days after Emmett's murder. The Civil Rights movement continues to influence us all. In this powerful and enduring way, Emmett Louis Till’s spirit lives on.
Below are just some of the resources available to those wanting to know more about Emmett Till and the history surrounding his tragic death:
“American Experience: The Murder of Emmett Till." DVD Dir. Stanley Nelson. Public Broadcasting System (PBS). WGBH. 2003.
“The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.” Dir. Keith A.
Beauchamp. Thinkfilm. Videodisc. 2005.
The Murder of Emmett Till
Crowe, Chris. Getting Away With Murder: The True Story of the
Emmett Till Case. New York: Dial, 2003.
Crowe, Chris. Mississippi Trial, 1955. New York: Speak, 2003.
McFadden, Bernice L. Gathering of Waters. Akaschic Books. 2012.
Nelson, Marilyn. A Wreath for Emmett Till. Boston: Houghton,
Till-Mobley, Mamie, and Christopher Benson. Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America. New York: Random.
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