Age 12+
Grade 7-12

Marilyn Nelson, Philippe Lardy

A Wreath for Emmett Till

Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers April 4, 2005) , First Edition edition
2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book

In 1955, people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention.

Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr’s wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to “speak what we see.”
Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors (Awards)
0618397523 / 9780618397525
5.6 oz.
8.0 x 0.4 in.

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