Death Of Innocence: The Story Of The Hate Crime That Changed America
Publish Date: 2004-12-28
Author: Mamie Till-Mobley Christopher Benson
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The mother of Emmett Till recounts the story of her life, her sons tragic death, and the dawn of the civil rights movementwith a foreword by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old African American, Emmett Till, was visiting family in Mississippi when he was kidnapped from his bed in the middle of the night by two white men and brutally murdered. His crime: allegedly whistling at a white woman in a convenience store. The killers were eventually acquitted.
What followed altered the course of this countrys historyand it was all set in motion by the sheer will, determination, and courage of Mamie Till-Mobley, whose actions galvanized the civil rights movement, leaving an indelible mark on our racial consciousness. Death of Innocence is an essential document in the annals of American civil rights history, and a painful yet beautiful account of a mothers ability to transform tragedy into boundless courage and hope.
Praise for Death of Innocence
A testament to the power of the indestructible human spirit [that] speaks as eloquently as the diary of Anne Frank.The Washington Post Book World
With this important book, [Mamie Till-Mobley] has helped ensure that the story of her son (and her own story) will not soon be forgotten. . . . A riveting account of a tragedy that upended her life and ultimately the Jim Crow system.Chicago Tribune
The book will . . . inform or remind people of what a courageous figure for justice [Mamie Till-Mobley] was and how important she and her son were to setting the stage for the modern-day civil rights movement.The Detroit News
Poignant . . . In his mothers descriptions, Emmett becomes more than an icon; he becomes a living, breathing youngsterany mothers child.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Powerful . . . [Mamie Till-Mobleys] courage transformed her loss into a moral compass for a nation.Black Issues Book Review
Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition BlackBoard Nonfiction Book of the Year