Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

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Real Story of Emmett Till October 24, 2016

Filed under: Nonfiction Titles — oneilllibrary @ 10:25 am

6681233So much lore surrounds the murder of a young Chicago boy, named Emmett Till. What is commonly known is that he went to visit relatives in Money, Mississippi the summer of 1955. There after going into town with some of his relatives, two days later he was taken from his Uncle’s home by two white men. His brutally abused body was found in a river 3 days later.

At the time, this case was different from other black lynchings because it happened to a northern child, and this brought attention to a huge issue that had been happening for years; the random murders of black boys and men in the south for perceived wrong doings against anyone who was white.

Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till by Simeon Wright gives the first hand account from Emmett’s cousin of what happened in the days leading up to and the night of the fateful abduction. Simeon also clears up many of the myths and just plain wrong information that has often circulated in relation to this story.

This is an amazing story and should be read by everyone to get an idea of what life was like in many parts of the south during the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.

Recommended for mature 6th graders and up.


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