fp April 2005
A Wreath For Emmett Till
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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