Screen/Society--Diamonstein-Spielvogel series: Films of Stanley Nelson--"The Murder of Emmett Till"
The Murder of Emmett Till
(Stanley Nelson, 2003, 53 min, USA, in English, Color, DVD)
In August of 1955, a 14 year-old black boy from Chicago, unschooled in the racial customs of the south, traveled to Mississippi to visit relatives. The murder of Emmett Till shook America, and opened a window on the deep social divisions of the 1950s. The case, which ended in the acquittal of Till's two known assailants, became an international cause celebre. When tens of thousands of Americans rallied against injustice, the Till case proved to be an early spark for the American civil rights movement.
-- This is the first of four films leading up to the October 17th conversation between Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Stanley Nelson in the Nasher Museum Lecture Hall at 6pm.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: The Archive of Documentary Arts, the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), the John Hope Franklin Research Center, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).