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The Murder of Emmett Till 

A documentary examining the 1955 murder of a 14-year-old boy from Chicago while visiting relatives in Mississippi, and the broad impact of his death, his funeral, and the subsequent trial and acquittal of his white killers.

Director:

Stanley Nelson

Writers:

Marcia Smith (as Marcia A. Smith), David C. Taylor (contributing writer)
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Episode credited cast:
Andre Braugher ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Antici Pat Antici ... Kidnapper
Oudie Brown Oudie Brown ... Self
Harry Caise Harry Caise ... Self - Mortician
Magnolia Cooksey-Mathious Magnolia Cooksey-Mathious ... Self - Emmett Till's Classmate
Tony Czech Tony Czech ... Kidnapper
Clara Davis Clara Davis ... Self - Mississippi Resident
Warren Hampton Warren Hampton ... Self - Mississippi Resident
Richard Heard Richard Heard ... Self - Emmett Till's Classmate
John Herbers John Herbers ... Self - Journalist
Rose Jourdain Rose Jourdain ... Self - Journalist
Mamie Till Mobley ... Self
Moses Newson Moses Newson ... Self - Journalist
Wheeler Parker Wheeler Parker ... Self - Emmett Till's Cousin
Betty Pearson Betty Pearson ... Self - Mississippi Resident
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A documentary examining the 1955 murder of a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago while visiting relatives in Mississippi, and the broad impact of his death, his funeral, and the subsequent trial and acquittal of his accused killers. Written by Anonymous

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At times difficult to watch--but an important show to watch nevertheless.
3 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you watch this episode of "The American Experience", you are bound to become angry and a bit sad. If you don't, then that is awfully sad. The story is about a black teenager who was brutally murdered in 1955 by a groups of whites. The subsequent reaction of the country as well as the white Mississippi community it occurred are discussed in the film using modern interviews with survivors, archive footage and narration. The bottom line is that this senseless killing fortunately led to a good thing--black America deciding enough is enough.

Like all the episodes of the series, this one is exceptionally constructed from start to finish. It's top-notch and makes its case very well. I recommend it and all the episodes of "The American Experience".

By the way, be forewarned that the show has some VERY gruesome pictures of Emmett Till's corpse. You might wish to speed past them or at least prevent younger kids from watching the show.


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PBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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