Marilyn Nelson, Philippe Lardy
A Wreath for Emmett Till
(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