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A white librettist wrote an opera about Emmett Till – and some critics are calling for its cancellation

“Are Black audiences, actors, and producers simply conditioned to having their stories told by white counterparts?” screenwriter and director Darian Lane, who is Black, wondered in a 2021 op-ed for Ebony. On TV and in film, white authorship of Black stories has long been a point of contention, whether it was David Simon writing about a Black neighborhood in Baltimore for his series “The Wire” or Tate Taylor writing and directing “The Help.” It was only a matter of time before this issue would beset the world of opera. Since “Emmett Till, A New American Opera” premiered at John Jay College...
CHICAGO, IL

Stories of Anne Frank, Emmett Till come together in powerful play

MINNEAPOLIS — Written by Janet Langhart Cohen, "Anne & Emmett" highlights the racial intolerance and hatred Anne Frank and Emmett Till endured. Now, Youth Performance Company is performing the powerful play, with 14-year-old actor Nicholas Livingston playing the role of 14-year-old Emmett. "I just try to honor his legacy,"...
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Exhibit detailing trial of men who killed Emmett Till stops at northeastern Louisiana museum

The Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum is hosting the Emmett Till traveling exhibit, now through April 30. The exhibit details the trial of Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, the two white men accused of the brutal killing of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black boy visiting in the South who was murdered after being accused of whistling at a white woman in Money, Mississippi.
LOUISIANA STATE
WDSU

Bill named after Emmett Till signed into law

A bill named after Emmett Till, who was a 14-year-old who was beaten and killed in 1955 in Mississippi, has now become law. President Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act at the end of March, which makes lynching a federal hate crime. It marked the end of a centuries-old fight.
MISSISSIPPI STATE
WAPT

Bill named after Emmett Till signed into law

JACKSON, Miss. — A bill named after Emmett Till, who was a 14-year-old who was beaten and killed in 1955 in Mississippi, has now become law. President Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act at the end of March, which makes lynching a federal hate crime. It marked the end of a centuries-old fight.
JACKSON, MS
Madera Tribune

A student reflects on Emmett Till trial

Gueorgina Bojorquez testifies at the Emmett Till trial. At first I didn’t know who he was either, and this is why the story of Emmett Till is important. Not many people know about him, and that his story is the main reason for the civil rights movement. Emmett Till...
MADERA, CA
Madera Tribune

GUILTY! Eighth grade lawyers find justice in Emmett Till case

Sheriff Tyson Pogue presents the jury photographic evidence in the murder trial of Emmet Till. Judge Ernest LiCalsi is seen in the background. One day after U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, a team of student prosecutors proved in court that Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam were guilty of his murder.
MADERA, CA