Graphia Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

January 2009

$7.99 US

48p pb

ISBN: 978-0547076362

fp April 2005

A Wreath For Emmett Till

Marilyn Nelson

illustrated by Philippe Lardy

from the book...

In 1955 people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral held by his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention.

In a profound and chilling poem, award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr's wreath, woven from a little known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to 'speak what we see'.

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