The Murder of Emmett Till (film)

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The Murder of Emmett Till is a 2003 documentary film produced by Firelight Media that aired on the PBS program American Experience. The film chronicles the story of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955, he was brutally murdered by two white men after a white woman falsely[1] claimed that he had whistled at her. His mother decided to place her son’s unembalmed body on display at a Church in Chicago for four days so that the world could see what had been done to her son.

Photos of the decaying and mutilated body flooded newspapers, putting the case on the map both nationally and internationally; the two men accused of his murder were acquitted after a short five-day trial with an all-white male jury where the possibility of justice was made a mockery of. Shortly afterward, the defendants sold their story to journalists detailing how they carried out the murder; the Emmett Till case was a significant motivator of the Civil Rights Movement, and the Montgomery bus boycott began three months after his body was discovered in the Tallahatchie River


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  1. ^ Weller, Sheila (January 26, 2017). "How Author Timothy Tyson Found the Woman at the Center of the Emmett Till Case". Vanity Fair.