Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till (Paperback)

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No modern tragedy has had a greater impact on race relations in America than the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till. A 14-year-old black boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955, Till was taken from his uncle’s home by two white men; several days later, his body was found in the Tallahatchie River. This grotesque crime became the catalyst for the civil rights movement.

At age 12, author Simeon Wrightsaw and heard his cousin Emmett whistle at a white woman at a grocery store; he was sleeping in the same bed with him when Emmett was taken; and he was at the sensational trial. This is his gripping coming-of-age memoir.

About the Author

Simeon Wright is a popular public speaker at schools, churches, and cultural institutions throughout the country.

Herb Boyd has published 20 books, including We Shall Overcome; he is managing editor of The Black World Today.

Praise For…

“Fascinating . . . there is much to learn here . . . . Simeon Wright is just the latest in a long line of writers who find the Emmett Till story compelling, but his perspective and proximity are critical to a full understanding.”  —Chicago Tribune

“Crystal clarity and blistering prose. . . . [A] powerful, important memoir. Simeon’s Story is a story you must read.” —Savannah Morning News

“Wright’s story is chilling, and his honest account will hook readers from the beginning.” —School Library Journal

Simeon’s Story is one that must be heard and never forgotten. In simple, plain language, Wright describes an event that shocked the conscience of the nation and gave birth to the modern-day Civil Rights Movement in America.” —John Lewis, U.S. congressman

“A compelling read.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781569768198
ISBN-10: 1569768196
Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2011
Pages: 160
Language: English