A Wreath for Emmett Till

A Wreath for Emmett Till

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A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson, Philippe Lardy

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547076362
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/12/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 86,481
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Philippe Tardy is an award winning illustrator whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and the Boston Globe.


Marilyn Nelson is the author of Carver: A Life in Poems and Fields of Praise. She has won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Marilyn lives in Storrs, Connecticut, where she is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

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