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Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till Paperback – September 1, 2011
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Fascinating . . . there is much to learn here . . . . Simeon Wright is just the latest in a long line of writers who find the Emmett Till story compelling, but his perspective and proximity are critical to a full understanding.” Chicago Tribune
Crystal clarity and blistering prose. . . . [A] powerful, important memoir. Simeon’s Story is a story you must read.” Savannah Morning News
Wright’s story is chilling, and his honest account will hook readers from the beginning.” School Library Journal
Simeon’s Story is one that must be heard and never forgotten. In simple, plain language, Wright describes an event that shocked the conscience of the nation and gave birth to the modern-day Civil Rights Movement in America.” John Lewis, U.S. congressman
A compelling read.” Kirkus Reviews
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Simeon Wright's book adds the missing parts. Wright was physically there in Money with his cousin as they walked into the Bryant grocery store and had contact with Carolyn Bryant. So when I picked up Wright's book and began reading, I couldn't put it down. Through his words, I could now close my eyes and be there with the two young men as events unfolded leading to the death of Emmett Till.
So many new details and keen observations kept me reading; Wright offers the kind of first-hand details that breathe life into this key modern civil rights moment, the event that sparked Rosa Parks to take her stand. After turning the last page of "Simeon's Story," I now have a much better feel of who this young man was, how he approached life, and how he got himself entangled into such a mess that ended his life. I can better visualize what took place in the grocery story and then in the early hours of Aug. 28, 1955 when Till was kidnapped from the Wright's home.Read more ›
I had heard the Till name before, but knew little about what had actually happened . . . this book opened my eyes to the terrible injustice of the crime--especially since the killers got off free. It also gave me a greater appreciation of what it was like to grow as a black in the South:
* Whites could beat us, even murder us, and nothing was ever done about it. It wasn't unusual for white men to hire black women as cooks or domestics and then force them into sexual relationships, which is nothing more than rape. Very little was said or done about this. We had no rights in court, and only the boldest of blacks dared to bring a lawsuit against a white person.
Parts of Wright's account left me teary-eyed, including this passage:
* August 28, 1955, had been the longest day of my life. It was the first day there was no laughter in our house. And I believe that unless you can laugh and hear laughter there, a house isn't a home.
Lastly, I liked what the author had to say at the end of SIMON'S STORY:
* In conclusion, here's my advice to aspiring writers, journalists, and future lawyers--or anyone planning on working in the communications field: if you want an accurate account of any story, go the primary sources. They know what really happened.
I was so moved by this story that I just rented a documentary, THE UNTOLD STORY OF EMMETT LOUIS TILL, to learn more about it . . . this film ultimately moved the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen the case in 2005.
Wright also sets the scene as to what life was like for blacks in Mississippi during the mid-1950s. His mother moved to Chicago immediately after the murder of Emmett Till with the remainder of the family joining her following the farcical trial. All of us will be remembered for how we treat others, and Simeon Wright relates his thankfulness to his teachers and students in his new Chicago school for their acceptance of him as he adjusted to life in an environment totally different from rural Mississippi.
This is an excellent book for young people to read regarding the Emmett Till case. It is written so young people can enjoy it, but adults can certainly learn from it as well. There are no profanities, and it is told by someone who was actually there along with Emmett Till during this time. If there is a complaint I have with the book it is that the few photographs are very small.
Yes, we have come a long way since those Ozzie and Harriet days of the 1950s, but all we have to do is turn to the national news to realize we still have a long way to go. The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you throw upon it the more it will contract.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simeon Wright's book is an amazing account of one of the most heinous crimes in our countries history. Wright discusses his cousin Emmett Till's murder in very vivid detail. Read morePublished 8 months ago
The Best Book to know the truth and the only truth about EMMETT TILL! Thank you Simeon!Published 8 months ago by Constantinos Isaias
Simeon's story is well written about that Heinous murder of Emmitt Till!!! I think EVERYONE should read this book but be prepared for some racist Mississippians. Horrible! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tasha Rhodes
A hauntingly told story of a dreadful happening. Well written.Published 11 months ago by Edna anders
I was a little let down, guess I was expecting more, but what more can there be?Published 11 months ago by GiGi
This is a slight but compelling account of a terrible racial crime. The book arrived promptly and in fine condition.Published 13 months ago by Stephen J. Whitfield
There are three sides to every story. Each person's side(assuming there are two) and then there's the TRUTH. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Allen