|Director: Chinonye Chukwu||Cert: 12A|
|Genre: Drama||Starring: Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Frankie Faison, Haley Bennett, Whoopi Goldberg, Jayme Lawson, Tosin Cole|
|Running Time: 2 hrs 1 min|
Emmett is the son of two Africans, Louis Till and Mamie Elizabeth Carthan in what happened to be the now African American during the Great migration, the period when millions of African-Americans moved to the Northern United States. Mamie was the first African-American student to make the “A” Honor roll and only the fourth African-American student to graduate from the predominantly white Argo Community High School.
Mamie Elizabeth Carthan and Louis Till got married on October 14, 1940 when both were 18 years old. Family started and they welcomed their only child Emmett nine months later, the union suddenly came to an end in 1942 do to unfaithfulness which led to home violence and after a restraining order was issued and violated repeatedly, Louise was forcefully faced with two options to choose between either to be enlistment in the U.S. Army or jail time as was stated by the judge. After choosing the former, he started a new career in the U.S. Army in 1943.
Louis epistle came to an end on a very faithful day of July 2, 1945 when he executed at the age of 23 while serving in Italy along with accomplice Fred A. McMurray after they had been charged with raping an Italian woman. Both men were tried and convicted by a U.S. Army general court-martial and their sentence was death by hanging. life continues as Mamie and Emmett moved out to Chicago South side to find love which also hit the rock after two years.
In 1955, Mamie Till unknowingly bid his son the last and final goodbye never to meet again when he went visiting his cousins in Money, Mississippi to spend the summer . The young boy who was just 14 years old was abducted and brutally murdered on August 28 1955.
Four days into his holiday, a series of horrific events evolved after an offhand remark was told by a white lady in a grocery store. Emmett was dragged out of his relatives’ home, tortured and shot in the head before his body was dumped in the Tallahatchie River.
Receiving, accepting and facing the press to give an account of the death of his only son on that crude manner, led to this woman’s account of striving for racial justice in the era of Jim Crow laws.