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ODE film series to show documentary 'The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till' on Feb. 24

Film chronicles the infamous 1955 murder of Chicago youth in Mississippi

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the Indiana University Northwest Office of Diversity and Equity will continue its month-long free movie series in recognition of Black History Month with the documentary "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till," starting at 3 p.m. in the Moraine Student Center.

In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was taken from his uncle's house in Mississippi, beaten beyond recognition, tortured, murdered, and thrown into the Tallahatchie River, all for supposedly whistling at a white woman. His attackers were acquitted in less than an hour by an all-white jury. To show the brutality of the attack, Till's mother insisted on an open-casket funeral, which resulted in so much outrage that it became a touchstone event in the American Civil Rights Movement.

Thanks to the efforts of "Untold Story" directors Keith and Kevin Beauchamp, the Till case was reopened with new testimony against the attackers, who are still alive and subject to prosecution.

The ODE invites members of the IU Northwest campus community to watch this moving and important film about a watershed moment in the battle for civil rights in America. Free popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided courtesy of the Offices of Student Life and Diversity and Equity.

  
Published:

02-20-2009

Media Contact:

Christopher Sheid
OMC
219-980-6802
ccsheid@iun.edu

Michelle Searer
OMC
219-980-6686
msearer@iun.edu
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