|"Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till"|
Event Type: Author Program|
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
No modern tragedy has had a greater impact on race relations in America than the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till. Meet author Simeon Wright who was with Emmett Till the night Emmett was kidnapped from his uncle's home in Mississippi.Library: Oak Park Public Library Main Branch
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 Wright saw 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.
Location: Second Floor - Veterans Room
Contact: Adult and Teen Services
Contact Number: 708.452.3304