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Nelson, Marilyn.
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2005
ISBN 0618397523
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In this remarkable poem, we learn the story of young Emmett Till.  Till was lynched in 1955 at the age of 14.  His crime?  The young African American boy had supposedly whistled at a white woman. The brutality of the murder sparked the Civil Rights movement in this country.  Till was tortured and killed.  His body was so brutalized that his mother insisted on an open casket so that everyone could see what was done to her boy.  The story is hard to hear but one that we must hear so that it will never happened again.
SUBJECTS:     Till, Emmett, 1941-1955 -- Poetry.
                        African Americans -- Crimes against -- Poetry.
                        African American teenage boys -- Poetry.
                        Trials (Murder) -- Poetry.
                        Murder victims -- Poetry.
                        Hate crimes -- Poetry.
                        Mississippi -- Poetry.
                        Lynching -- Poetry.


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