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American Experience; Murder of Emmett Till, The; Mamie Till-Mobley (Emmett Till's mother) interview excerpt

04/19/2002


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Series
American Experience
Program
Murder of Emmett Till, The
Program Number

1506C1

Title

Mamie Till-Mobley (Emmett Till's mother) interview excerpt

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

In August 1955, a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till didn't understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South. Three days later, two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him brutally and shot him. Although his killers were arrested and charged with murder, they were both quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury. Soon after, the defendants sold their story, including a detailed account of how they murdered Till, to a journalist. The murder and the trial horrified the nation and the world. Till's death was a spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began.

Duration

00:01:16

Asset Type

Raw video

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Emmett Till
African American history
Civil Rights
Civil rights movement
Race relations
Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Creators
Nelson, Stanley (Director)
Nelson, Stanley (Producer)
Contributors
Till-Mobley, Mamie, -2003 (Interviewee)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; Murder of Emmett Till, The; Mamie Till-Mobley (Emmett Till's mother) interview excerpt,” 04/19/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 15, 2017, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_66367B0D311D4FB3B2E7B819B2B6DA31.
MLA: “American Experience; Murder of Emmett Till, The; Mamie Till-Mobley (Emmett Till's mother) interview excerpt.” 04/19/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 15, 2017. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_66367B0D311D4FB3B2E7B819B2B6DA31>.
APA: American Experience; Murder of Emmett Till, The; Mamie Till-Mobley (Emmett Till's mother) interview excerpt. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_66367B0D311D4FB3B2E7B819B2B6DA31
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