Film, Lyrics Bring Back Mississippi Racial Crime Into Public Spotlight
In 1955, a 14-year-old Chicago youth named Emmett Till was visiting family in Mississippi where two men abducted Till and later murdered him, throwing his mutilated body into a river. A jury had found the two men not guilty, but they later admitted to the murder to a journalist.
Fifty-seven years later, Till is back in the news—one for the play-turned-film “Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till” and the other for Lil Wayne’s controversial rap lyrics referencing Till’s beating that have now been removed by Epic Records.
Host Jamila Bey spoke with actor Mike Wiley and director Rob Underhill to discuss the play-turned-film “Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till” and the Epic Records decision.