Video: “Let the People See What They Did to My Boy”: Commemorating Emmett Till for Future Generations

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In August 1955, a 14-year-old Black boy named Emmett Till was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by white men in Mississippi. Till’s lynching became a catalyst for the civil rights movement, but his story is not always taught as central to our collective history.

In this video, Elizabeth Alexander, Crystal N. Feimster, and Kevin Young discuss how we can best commemorate Till, who would have turned 80 in July 2021, and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, to ensure that future generations understand and remember the significance of their stories.

This event was streamed live on July 27, 2021.

Thumbnail artwork credit:  Elizabeth Catlett, The Torture of Mothers, 1970/2003.
© 2021 Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY