The Murder of Emmett Till

The Murder of Emmett Till

DVD - 2004
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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.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : PBS Home Video, [2004]
ISBN: 9780793695522
079369552X
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.152 M94
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences

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Butterflymoon1970
Feb 10, 2017

This is a tragic story of black life in the 1950's deep south. Emmett Till, age 14, was kidnapped and murdered for whistling at a white female. Many of the photos are very graphic, and the fact that this happened to a child is very upsetting, but it is a story that needs to be told. I have nothing but admiration for the late Mamie Till. Her strength in her fight for her son after his death is inspiring, as was the bravery of the two black witnesses who spoke up in the case.

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ba_library
Aug 12, 2016

1955 a 14 year-old African-American boy was murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Two white men were arrested and put on trial for the murder. The jury, judge and most of the witnesses were white. The defendants were acquitted (found not-guilty). A disturbing, stressful, chaotic time. The film is by WGBH and does a good job of laying out the situation. Particularly with interviews from people who knew Emmett, including his mother. Many comment that this tragic event was a spark for the Civil Rights Movement. Sad story, calmly retold with great photos and film (some images of the Emmett's deceased body would not be appropriate viewing for children.)

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