Emmett Till

St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Eyewitness Of The Emmett Till Kidnapping Shares Story, Honors Martin Luther King Jr. In St. Louis

A 1955 rally in New York City protesting the murder of Emmett Till.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Before Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech, before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Emmett Till — a young, black Chicagoan — was murdered for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Emmett Till’s cousin, Simeon Wright, is in St. Louis to give a presentation about the Civil Rights Movement and share the personal story that led to his participation in it.

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Cityscape
1:25 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

ANNE & EMMETT: A Conversation About Racial Intolerance

Courtney Brown as Anne Frank and Eric Conners as Emmett Till in The Black Rep’s ANNE & EMMETT
Todd Davis

Anne Frank and Emmett Till were young victims of racial injustice and hatred. 

In her diary, Frank provided a harrowing account of when she and her family were forced into hiding to escape the oppression of Nazi Germany.  Emmett Till of Chicago was visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955 and was murdered after allegedly flirting with a white woman.

Host Steve Potter talks with Janet Langhart Cohen, the playwright of a one-act play called ANNE & EMMETT

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