New Series: Jay-Z, Will Smith To Tell The Story Of Emmett Till’s Mother Seeking Justice For Her Son

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
Emmett Till's Mother
By Autumn Keiko

Will Smith, Jay-Z and others have come together to executive produce “Women of the Movement” – an anthology series that will chronicle the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of the Black women who lived it. Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till, will be the subject of the first season, reported CNN.

Mamie Till began her activism in 1955 after her 14-year-old son was brutally tortured, murdered and thrown in the Tallahatchie River by white supremacists in Mississippi. His alleged crime was flirting with a white woman. Her decision to have an open casket funeral and push to get the photos published in Ebony are credited with fueling the Civil Rights movement.

The series will air on ABC, which said the first season was inspired by Devery S. Anderson’s book, “Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement.”

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It will follow Mamie’s journey in seeking justice for her son and the Black race as a whole. During one of speeches, Mamie Till spoke about the way her son’s murder changed her perspective.

“Two months ago, I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, `That’s their business, not mine.’ Now I know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all.”

She spent the rest of her life living up to those words until her death in 2003.

This isn’t the first time Jay-Z has used his wealth and platform to bring the injustices intrinsic to the Black experience to the forefront of America’s consciousness. He also co-produced “Time: The Kalied Browder Story, supported “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” and helped create “Free Meek,” reported NewsOne.