A Wreath For Emmett Till (Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors (Awards))
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A Wreath For Emmett Till (Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors (Awards))

  • Publish Date: 2005-04-04
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Marilyn Nelson

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In 1955, people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention.

Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyrs wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to speak what we see.

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