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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

In Remembrance of Emmett Till

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In Remembrance of Emmett Till

Darryl Mace

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 7 looks at what happened to the key actors in the Till trial, and this chapter analyzes the myriad of memorials that have sprung up to commemorate the life and death of Emmett Till. Key to this study is the use of media sources to show how the public remembers Till. Although many of the actors in the lynching do not continue to garner attention outside their region of residence, the lynching itself perseveres as an integral part of the national narrative on race relations. Emmett Till thus remains a lens through which we can focus analyses and interrogations of media responses to other murders with racial motivations. The countless memorials as well as the innumerable invocations of the too short life and brutal death live on in remembrance of Emmett Louis Till.

Keywords:   Emmett Till Players, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minnie Brown Trickey, Ezell Blair Jr., Integration, Greensboro, NC, Memory

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