Thankfully, my mind is clear and my fingers can still fly across the keyboard. This is good, as I can share more about our first meeting for our district's book club "Teaching Through Literature Discussions." I had the chance to meet Megan from Po(sey) Sessions and Allison from So Many Books So Little Time, who are both book bloggers. If I missed others, my apologies! I was rushing in right as it started, having been held up by last minute lesson plans I was writing up for my substitute teacher for today. Once I left work, I really didn't want to have to return, so that put me in a little bit of a time crunch.
For anyone who might be unfamiliar with the story, young Emmett Till was dragged from his uncle's home in Money, Mississippi on the night of August 28, 1955 and brutally lynched for whistling at a white woman at a local store. Emmett was only 14 years old at the time and unfamiliar with the racial mores of the deep south, having come from Chicago, where Emmett had experienced much more freedom. Both men accused of killing Emmett were later acquitted in court by an all-white jury in Greenwood, Mississippi. They later went on in January of 1956 to admit to Look magazine in an article, "The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi" to the murder of Emmett.
|Roy Bryant & J. W. Milam in court.|
For more information on Emmett Till, see: