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A Wreath for Emmet Till

A Wreath for Emmet Till

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by Marilyn Nelson and Philippe Lardy

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 martyr’s 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.”

8 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches, 48 pages, Soft-cover

For ages 12 and up.

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