Wednesday Nov 23, 1921 to Monday Jan 6, 2003
Webb, Mississippi, U.S.Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley was an American educator and activist. She was the mother of Emmett Till, the 14 year-old boy murdered in Mississippi on August 28, 1955, after accusations that he had whistled at a white woman, a grocery store cashier named Carolyn Bryant. For Emmett's funeral, in Chicago, Mamie Till insisted that the casket containing his body be left open, because, in her words, "I wanted the world to see what they did to my boy."
In 1945, Ms. Till received notice from the War Department that, while serving in Italy, her husband (along with accomplice Fred A. McMurray) had been charged with raping an Italian woman. Both men were tried and convicted by a U.S. Army general court-martial and their sentence was death by hanging.
Till is an American biographical drama film directed by Chinonye Chukwu, who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Reilly and Keith Beauchamp. It stars Danielle Deadwyler, Whoopi Goldberg, Jalyn Hall, Frankie Faison, Jayme Lawson, Tosin Cole, Kevin Carroll, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Douglas Thompson, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Haley Bennett. Production companies are Orion Pictures, Eon Productions, Frederick Zollo Productions, and Whoop, Inc.