A Wreath for Emmett Till
published in 2009

Details

Appropriate age:
Tween/Young Teen (age 12-14)
Reading level:
Grade 8
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Cultures: Americas, United States, African American
Subjects: Violence, Racism, Social Issues, Tolerance

Description

A Coretta Scott King and Printz honor book now in paperback. A Wreath for Emmett Till is "A moving elegy, " says The Bulletin. 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 held by his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. In a profound and chilling poem, award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement.