Emmett Till

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson and Philippe Lardy

emmettilll.jpgIn 1955, people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr's wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to "speak what we see."

Posted by at 9:19 PM | Emmett Till | Fall 2006

Crush It & Beat It

In this short movie, the main message is "you have to break an egg to make an omelet". On one side this is indicating the commiter's of the crimes attempting to prove a point by killing one in order to achieve an overall goal of dominance. A way of "setting the record straight." In the case of Emmett in the book A Wreath For Emmett Till, because of the tragic circumstancs correlated with his death, his story was remembered. Why does it take a tragedy to turn heads? Do you think it's necessary for such horrible crimes to be commmitted in order to get people's attention? Why or why not?

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By Jayme Bennett

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Emmett Till: Gone But Not Forgotten

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In our film we wanted to depict the terrible events that surrounded the death of Emmett Till. We wanted to portray the injust tragedy depicted in Merilyn Nelson's book, A Wreath for Emmett Till. Emmett's story stained the tree just as it stained our history. Across the world the words may change but the story remains the same.

In what way does this story still exist today?

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A Tribue to Emmett Till

A Wreath for Emmett Till discusses the great tragedy of the lynching of a young boy. Through this terrible event, the Civil Rights Movement was sparked. Life has an interesting way of working through tragedy to create something positive. The Civil Rights Movement ultimately led to more freedoms for all. Have you ever been subject to a tragedy? How did you work through it? How did it change you, for better or for worse?

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Personalizing Emmett Till's Story

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Words evoke emotions. Marilyn Nelson expresses her thoughts and feeling in sonnet form. In our project, we chose to create an oral poetic reading based off our personal feelings from Nelson's work. What piece of Marilyn Nelson's "A Wreath for Emmett Till" has evoked your emotional and personal feelings?

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A Tribute to Emmett Till

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A Tribute To Emmett Till 2

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Changing Times

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The world has come a long way since Emmett Till's time, especially in terms of racist attitudes. Do you think that these attitudes are still changing? For the better or the worst? Do you think that something as horrible as what happened to Emmett Till could happen today? Explain you answer?

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