Taraji P. Henson is set to star in a film about Emmett Till.
Titled The Emmett Till Story, Henson will portray Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. The Proud Mary star will also produce the forthcoming film.
“We don’t have a start date yet, but the deal definitely has been done,” Henson said in an interview with the Global Grind. “That’s one (project) I’ve been passionate about since Trayvon Martin was murdered.”
The Emmett Till Story will be directed by John Singleton.
A couple of months ago, Florida State University became home to the most comprehensive archival collection on Till. The university came in possession of news clippings, government records, case files, and more in relation to Till because of Davis Houck, a Communications professor at the school. Houck spent years searching through a number of Mississippi archives and brought back his findings to the university.
“(Till’s) death and aftermath and now, memory, became the Civil Rights Movement,” said Houck.
FSU has partnered with Florida A&M University (FAMU) to make Till’s archive accessible to students and professors for classroom visits. However, researchers, the local community, and anyone else interested in Till’s story is encouraged to visit.
In 2016 also came the news that Till’s accuser lied about her claims.
“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” Carolyn Bryant Donham admitted in a new book titled The Blood of Emmett Till.
Written by Timothy Tyson, the book reveals that in 2007, at the age of 72, Donham confessed that she lied about the most sensational parts of her testimony. “That part’s not true” she told Tyson, speaking on her claim that Till had made verbal and physical advances on her.
On the stand Donham said that Till had grabbed her and verbally threatened her. “He said [he had] done something with white women before,” she said. “I was just scared to death.” Although a jury did not even hear Carolyn’s words, the court spectators put her words on the record, which led to the jury acquitting the murderers of the 14-year-old boy.
Source: Global Grind