Grieving mom walks through a storm, with her head held high


Brent Northup

At the Cinemark

In the James Welch novel, “Winter in the Blood” a blind native elder shares wisdom on handling hard times.

“Sometimes one has to lean into the wind to stand straight,” said Yellow Calf.

When her black son was murdered by white racists, Mamie Till leaned into the wind to fight for justice.

This mother’s courage was one match that ignited the Civil Rights movement.

In 1955 in Mississippi, Mamie Till’s 14-year-old son Emmett allegedly offended a white woman. He was later beaten and thrown into a river.

A subsequent trial acquitted the accused. Later, protected by double jeopardy, the defendants accepted money from “Look” magazine to tell their story, acknowledging killing Emmett.

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Despite her personal pain, Mamie insisted on displaying her son’s mutilated body for all the world to see.

“Everybody needed to know what had happened to Emmett Till,” she said.

“Till” is an intimate, personal story of racism told from the point of view of a grieving mother. We are invited inside her heart – to

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