Director: Chinonye Chukwu
Starring: Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hill, Whoopi Goldberg, Frankie Faison, Sean Patrick Thomas
The story of young Emmett Till is not one that’s been lost, but one that’s threatened to be erased on purpose if we don’t keep talking about it. In 1955, the 14-year-old Chicago boy (Hill) waved goodbye to his mom, Mamie Till-Mobley, at the train station to go visit his cousins in Mississippi. She’s played by Danielle Deadwyler. It should have been a fun family visit, but his mother’s worst nightmare came true. Mamie receives a call that her son, Emmett, was murdered and lynched left for dead in the river. What led to this has been up for debate. What we do know is that Emmett had an encounter with a white female store clerk. It was later that night when her family took Emmett out of his cousin’s home and killed him. Mamie wanted everyone in the country to know what happened to her boy. She became one of the earliest faces of the Civil Rights Era given the choices she made to have an open casket funeral and the media coverage of his killers’ trial.
Here’s my review