As we finish recognizing BLACK HISTORY MONTH, I want to recognize an important book that has been published. It’s called THE BLOOD of EMMETT HILL by Timothy B. Tyson (Simon&Schuster).
In 1955, fourteen year-old, Emmett Till, was kidnapped from his uncle’s home in Mississippi, where he was visiting from Chicago, and lynched, after a white woman lied claiming he flirted and grabbed her. Now, more than sixty-years later, that white woman, for the first time, has admitted, on record, that there was no such assault. She lied.
His lynching was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional. The national coalition organized to protest the Till lynching became the foundation of the modern civil rights movement. Only weeks later, Rosa Parks thought about young Emmett as she refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Five years later, the Emmett Till generation, forever marked by the vicious lynching of a boy their own age, launched sit-in campaigns that turned the struggle into a mass movement. A movement alive and well today, which shows no sign of slowing down.
In 2014, protesters thronged the fence in front of the White House, chanting, “How many black kids will you kill? Michael Brown, Emmett Till!”
But what actually happened to Emmett Till, not the icon of injustice but the flesh-and-blood boy? Part investigative reporter, part political history, Timothy Tyson’s, THE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILL draws on new evidence, including the only interview ever given by Carolyn Bryant, the white woman in whose name Till was killed. Tyson’s gripping narrative changes what many of us thought we knew about this story that still haunts not enough of America’s collective conscience.
The book is THE BLOOD of EMMETT TILL by author Timothy B. Tyson.