New series on late Mamie Till Mobley and the fight for Civil rights
A new limited series about Emmett Till’s mother has just been picked up by ABC. The show is set to follow the mother of one of the most iconic stories that kicked off the Civil Rights Movement. It will show how Till’s mom, Mamie, took this tragedy and dedicated her life to it.
The conversation first arose about 5 years ago through HBO. Only here recently has their been confirmation of the series. The initial series was going to simply tell the tragic story of Emmett Till. Since ABC picked it up a year ago, the story has developed to show African American women’s roll in the Civil Rights Movement while showing how this pivotal point sparked a revolution.
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📸: Mamie Till Mobley stands before a portrait of her slain son, Emmett Till, in her Chicago home on July 28, 1995. Photo: Beth A. Keiser/AP. Retrieved from “Civil Rights Activists Seek Justice For Racial Violence in the name of Emmett Till” by Alice Speri for The Intercept. • • • Emmett Till was born today in 1941 (July 25, 1941). He would have been 79 years-old. We honor Emmett Till’s life as well as his mother, Mamie Till Mobley (; November 23, 1921 – January 6, 2003) a civil rights activist who fought tirelessly for justice for Till’s murder and for racial justice and equity. We will remember you both always. • • • #blackwomenradicals #mamietillmobley #emmetttill
Jay-Z will produce the eight-episode project under the Roc Nation umbrella, along with Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith. Meanwhile, Will Smith and James Lassiter will produce it through their company Overbrook Entertainment.
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Emmett Till was a 14-year-old boy who was lynched in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white girl in 1955. This was already a tie of unrest and clearly made it evident that blacks where at war, as we still are today. Till was up ducted, beaten, and left for dead in a river. His mother held an open casket for him so that everyone would be able to see how horrific events played out.
We are on edge for when the series will be released; however, the DirtySouthHipHop community is looking forward to seeing the role that black women played in such a moment in history. Emmett Till’s story shook this movement into action.