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Whistle In Mississippi

A Whistle in Mississippi: The lynching of Emmett Till

by Michael Green

emmett_tillEmmett Louis Till was born on July 25, 1941. His parents, Louis and Mamie Till, separated in 1942; leaving Mamie to be the sole parent in their home in Chicago, Illinois. In 1955, Emmett and his cousin Curtis Jones were sent to visit their great-uncle Mose Wright, who lived in Money, Missisippi. Mamie made sure to instruct Emmett to “mind his manners” when around white people.

According to several versions, Emmett whistled at a white woman and others say he grabbed her hand and asked for a date; others say all he did was say “Bye, baby” as he left the store. This play explores the impact of the untimely death of Emmett Till and the powerful ripples of change that transformed America but also introduces a young boy whose vibrant personality, and charismatic disposition always left a wrinkle in the forehead and smile on your face and that is what will be forever missed.


The play features up to six performers and has a running time of approximately 55 minutes. May include music as well as a video or slide show presentation.

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