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  Note to Travelers:  Below "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till" review is from the October 5, 2005 archives of The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway

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A Review: October 5, 2005

 

By Arelya J. Mitchell, Publisher

The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway

“The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” brings back pain, anger, hurt and an acknowledgement of man’s inhumanity to man. As an African American newspaper, we highly recommend that every American should see this award winning documentary, directed, produced and written by Keith Beauchamp. We especially recommend that every African American child of 12-years and over should view the film with an adult.

 

            Beauchamp’s treatment of 14-year-old Emmett Till’s brutal torture and murder in Money, Mississippi is raw.  This ‘rawness’ brings out the emotions of pain, anger, and hurt and a history of what Jim Crow reaped in hatred.  On the scale of time  and using a litmus test of emotions, the year 1955 is still a fresh memory for those who were there and for those who have had to experience its aftermath—which resulted in the modern Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. Contrary to where most put the start date of the Civil Rights Movement with the venerable Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat for a white man, there is now a reassessment that the Movement started with the murder of Emmett Till.  It was the death of this 14-year-old who whistled at a white woman which got Black Americans up from the yokes of Jim Crow.

            When you view—if you can get through the emotional pain—“The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till”, you have to put the late Mamie Till-Mobley in the same category as Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, and so many unsung Black women who came to the forefront for the battle of equality. It is Mrs. Till-Mobley who tells her story in the film who should be considered one of the most prominent civil rights leaders of this era. Because of her bravery to show the tortured body of Emmett in an open casket, the soul of the Civil Rights Movement was born.

            There are ‘untold’ segments to this story as Beauchamp brings out more evidence, testimonials, testaments, witnesses (one of whom still to this day does not feel comfortable in having her face shown, but was brave enough, as Emmett Till’s friend, to tell her side of what happened), black and white film footage, and a young Mrs. Till-Mobley attending the first court trial. Of course, the first trial ended with not guilty verdicts, but because of his investigation, research, and his documentary, Beauchamp was instrumental in getting the Till case reopened. This time the results were guilty and one of the murderers, an avowed racist, is serving time in the 21st century.

            Again, we strongly recommend that this film should be seen by children 12 and over with an adult. Furthermore, history teachers from junior high throughout college should make this film mandatory with the same resolve that American History should be a requisite. This is very much a part of American History as well as Black History.

            “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” is now playing in limited release in the United States. The film will also benefit Katrina Hurricane victims.

“The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” is slated for the Malco Studio on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee. And because Memphis, Tennessee is the place where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, it is apropos to remember why Dr. King gave his life: So there would be no Emmett Till ‘untold’ stories.

 

 

 

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