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[Till, Emmett] The Murder of Emmett Till

The shameful, sadistic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Till's killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder. Three months after Till's body was recovered, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began. Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. Dist.: PBS. 2003. 60 min.

Awards:
American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Reviews and Articles:
Ralph Jr., James R. "The Murder of Emmett Till." Journal of American History, Dec2003, Vol. 90 Issue 3, p1137-1138, 2p Full-text of article/review is available: Berkeley users only.

Segall, Rebecca; Holmberg, David. "Who Killed Emmett Till?" Nation; 2/3/2003, Vol. 276 Issue 4, p37-40, 4p Full-text of article/review is available: Berkeley users only.

Wagner, Terry. "America's Civil Rights Revolution: Three Documentaries about Emmett Till's Murder in Mississippi (1955)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television; Jun2010, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p187-201, 15p Full-text of article/review is available: Berkeley users only.