Reception at 5:30 p.m., event to follow at 6 p.m.
The 1955 lynching of Emmett Till was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement and remains a crucial symbol of the national struggle for racial justice. To discuss the killing and its contexts, we welcome author Timothy B. Tyson, historian and author of the acclaimed and bestselling new book The Blood of Emmett Till. Tyson’s groundbreaking research – which includes the first-ever interview with accuser Carolyn Bryant – sheds new light on what happened to the 14-year-old Till, as well as the larger consequences of his murder on Mississippi, Chicago, and the United States. As we continue to wrestle with the causes and effects of racial violence, the Till case and the movement it provoked remain vital to understanding both past and present.
Joining Tyson this evening will be two respondents who will enrich the conversation:
· Aram Goudsouzian – Chair of History Department at the University of Memphis
· Doria Johnson – Activist, Historian, and 2016 Nelson Mandela Fellow for International Dialogues