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A Wreath for Emmett Till

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2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book

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.”
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Product # 27280-G
ISBN-13 9780547076362
ISBN-10 0547076363
Author Nelson, Marilyn
Grade Level 7-12
Interest Level 7-12
Fiction/Nonfiction Fiction
Lexile Level NP
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Multicultural African American