John Edgar Wideman on Emmett Till's Father

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On Oct. 24, 1955, black religious leaders from Chicago demonstrated outside the White House against the murder of Emmett Till.

John Edgar Wideman, writer, MacArthur fellow and two-time PEN/Faulkner Award-winner, and author of Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File(Scribner, 2016), explores the story of Emmett Till's father who was executed by the Army ten years before the lynching that mobilized the Civil Rights movement, and how it may have influenced the acquittal of Emmett Till's killers.