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In Remembrance of Emmett TillRegional Stories and Media Responses to the Black Freedom Struggle$
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Darryl Mace

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813145365

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813145365.001.0001

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In Remembrance of Emmett Till

Darryl Mace

University Press of Kentucky

Emmett Till's home-going events—ranging from the return of his body to Chicago through the wake and funeral services—are the subject of chapter 3. Included in this chapter are pinpoint analyses of what aspects of the return of the remains and the funeral services national and regional news sources chose as salient (e.g., Mamie Till-Mobley's grief, NAACP involvement, Communist attempts to infiltrate the services, attendance at the funeral, and doubts about the identity of the body). By foregrounding, obscuring, and whitewashing elements of the saga, news sources framed the events and the actors in ways that fanned existing dispositions toward gender and race.

Keywords:   Wake, Funeral, Open Casket, Communism, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Mamie Till-Mobley, Transfer of Salience, Framing, Priming, Jet Magazine

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