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The shameful, sadistic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black youth who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Till's killers were apprehended, but quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury, later providing grisly details of the murder in a story to journalists. Three months after Till's body was found, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began.
In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till, who was from Chicago, didn't understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South until three days later, two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him brutally and then shot him in the head. Although his killers were arrested and charged with murder, they were both acquitted quickly by an all-white, all-male jury. Shortly afterwards, the defendants sold their story, including a detailed account of how they murdered Till, to a journalist. The murder and trial horrified the nation and the world. Till's death was a spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began.
Very informative DVD. It was an eyeopener into the civil rights movement.Published 13 months ago by TLee
This movie is a true part of history that I think every African America should see, to see how far and what we had to go through to get to where we are today.Published on December 23, 2012 by Thickness
Great Documentary about the absurdly scandalous Emmett Till murder case. I love the American Experience series, but this is an especially good one. Read morePublished on January 2, 2011 by N. Smith
I have read the book that Emmett Till's mother wrote & it was fabulous. This video is a disappointment in comparison to the book.Published on September 10, 2010 by AM
This is a very touching story i shed a few tears while watching it. It's very heartbreakiing to see what those men did to him, i can imagine what he had to go though with and how... Read morePublished on September 4, 2009 by W. Brown
This PBS production is a long overdue appreciation of the life the martyred civil rights figure, fourteen year old Chicago resident Emmett Till, down in deeply segregated... Read morePublished on March 5, 2009 by Alfred Johnson