A behind-the-scene look at the life of Emmett Till. "When it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life.” (23.295)
Simeon Wright recalls the events surrounding his cousin's murder and the importance of having the casket on public display "... As she raised her hand and swore that the evidence she gave would be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help her god, she seemed somehow fragile looking..." (Harper Lee 238).
While visiting family in Money, Mississippi, 14-year-old Emmett Till, an African American from Chicago, is brutally murdered for flirting with a white woman four days earlier. " Cry about the simple hell people give other people without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people too" Said Mr. Raymond
The brutal abduction and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till on August 28, 1955, galvanized the emerging Civil Rights Movement. “She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man. No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards." (20.44-45)