American Experience - The Murder of Emmett Till
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"The Murder of Emmett Till", first aired in January 2003, is one of the series' best. With film footage, photographs, interviews, and an effective narration by actor Andre Braugher, the 50-minute program tells a harrowing event that, without question, symbolizes the greatest victimization of African Americans during the 1950s. Often unmentioned in history books, the Emmett Till murder took place in an obscure town in Mississippi shortly before the Civil Rights movement gained full momentum. A black teenager from Chicago allegedly whistled at a white woman and ended up beaten and shot to death by local bigots. A trial with an all-white jury ensued, and the acquittal of the murderers was a foregone conclusion. Till's mother courageously asked for her son's mutilated corpse to be displayed in public in order to reveal the depth of racism to the world. The murder gained world-wide notoriety, prompting one French journalist to write, "The death of young black man in America isn't worth a whistle."
The film includes newly conducted interviews with Till's mother, Mamie, shortly before her death in January 2003. She and some of Emmett's relatives eloquently recall the fateful events and the social climate at the time. We see contemporary news footage of the murderers, their supporters, and the atmosphere of the trial at that time.Read more ›
This film talks about real history, not the sanitized versions we get in high school and on t.v.
Rosa Parks said it best when asked, "Miss Parks, why didn't you go the back of the bus?" She said, "I thought about Emmett Till and I just couldn't go back".
This documentary is the tragic story of 14 year old boy that was the victim of a racist murder in 1955, a murder that was committed because he whistled at a white woman. The interviews with his mother, who just died last year, are heart wrenching, and the corrupt trial of Emmett's murderers by an all white Ku Klux Klan Jury, will make you yell at the TV. This is powerful stuff, a true story that should be shown in classrooms across the country as part of a history lesson. What frustrated and angered me is that NO ONE of authority from the state of Mississippi has ever apologized and NO ONE was ever convicted of the murder. All that is about to change.
I recently heard that the case has been reopened. So now, after 50 years, maybe there will be some justice so that Emmett Till and his mother can rest in peace.
It would be nice if racism would fade away with time, but not much has changed in the 50 years since Emmett Till's death. I would hope that Emmett's death, and other tragedies such as his, are not in vain.
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Fantastic resource. Pricey, but well worth the money. It works well wit To Kill a Mockingbird or any Civil Rights teaching unit.Published 3 months ago by Molly McCarthy-Hill
Very informative DVD. It was an eyeopener into the civil rights movement.Published 17 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