SIMEON'S STORY: AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE KIDNAPPING OF EMMETT TILL by Simeon Wright (Lawrence Hill Books 2010) is a first person account of the night Emmett Till was kidnapped from his uncle's home. Emmett was kidnapped and murdered for wolf whistling ostensibly at a white woman in a small town in Mississippi. The men who were identified as those who kidnapped him, were arrested and found innocent of all charges. Later, they bragged to reporters that they were indeed guilty of his kidnapping and murder. Numerous accounts of Till's story have appeared in book and movie. This is the only one where a relative and friend of Till, a young man who was present the evening of the abduction, recounts the events from his own perspective. Wright gives readers some background on the South under Jim Crow as he is also providing a personal look at Till himself. These details are what bring the history to life for readers who might not know much of the story or the history.
READING LADDER POSSIBILITIES:
MISSISSIPPI TRIAL, 1955
GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARD JUSTICE
WE WERE THERE TOO
MARCHING TO FREEDOM
A WREATH FOR EMMETT TILL (thanks Jeanne for reminding me to add this one!)