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Title:
Simeon's story : an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till
Author:
Wright, Simeon, 1942-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Lawrence Hill Books, [2010]

©2010
Physical Description:
xvi, 144 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Summary:
Documents the 1955 kidnapping and murder of teenage Emmett Till as remembered by his cousin, sharing descriptions of life in period Mississippi and how the ensuing murder trial became a catalyst for the civil rights movement.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Life in Mississippi -- My family -- At home with Mom and Dad -- The abduction -- The trial -- Fear and flight -- In Argo -- Reopening the case and exhuming the body -- Bobo on my mind -- Epilogue. The Till Bill -- Appendix. Lies, myths, and distortions.
Reading Level:
Grades 6-10 (School Library Journal)

1050 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 6.6 5.0 148400.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 9.4 9 Quiz: 49060.
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ISBN:
9781556527838

9781569768198
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

No modern tragedy has had a greater impact on race relations in America than the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till. A 14-year-old black boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955, Till was taken from his uncle's home by two white men; several days later, his body was found in the Tallahatchie River. This grotesque crime became the catalyst for the civil rights movement.

At age 12, author Simeon Wright saw and heard his cousin Emmett whistle at a white woman at a grocery store; he was sleeping in the same bed with him when Emmett was taken; and he was at the sensational trial. This is his gripping coming-of-age memoir.


Author Notes

Simeon Brown Wright was born in Doddsville, Mississippi on October 15, 1942. At the age of 12, he watched his cousin Emmett Till be abducted at gunpoint and identified Emmett's ring for the police a few days later, after his cousin's beaten body had been fished from the Tallahatchie River. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army. He experienced a religious conversion in his early 20s. He enrolled in a union apprenticeship program for pipe fitters at Reynolds Metals and became a deacon in the Argo Temple Church of God in Christ in Cook County, Illinois. His book, Simeon's Story: The Kidnapping of Emmett Till written with Herb Boyd, was published in 2010. He died from complications of bone cancer on September 4, 2017 at the age of 74.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Units on the civil rights movement would be remiss not to include this powerful firsthand account. Wright was there when his cousin Till whistled at white cashier Carolyn Bryant; he shared the same bed as Till when two white men burst into the house to drag him away; and he was witness to the decades of scrutiny the case has wrought. Wright focuses on the crime with clarity and passion. His memoir is short and focused, with just enough context about living in Jim Crow Mississippi and, later, about how the incident colored his reactions to Dr. King and Malcolm X. His ground-level insights into the character of 14-year-old Bobo (We didn't know that Bobo's first name was Emmett until after he was killed) are invaluable. In many ways, this is a book about the value of primary sources; Wright (along with coauthor Boyd) spends many pages sifting through erroneous stories. The 2005 exhumation, the 2005 documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, and the 2008 Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act are also given consideration.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-Simeon Wright was 12 years old when his cousin Emmett "Bobo" Till came from Chicago to visit relatives in Mississippi. Spunky and bold, Till amused everyone with his comedic timing. It was his desire to get a laugh that led to his demise. One hot August night in 1955, Till whistled at a white female store clerk, setting off a chain of events that left an indelible mark not only on our nation's history, but also on the cousin who witnessed Till's gaffe and eventual kidnapping. Wright's story is chilling, and his honest account will hook readers from the beginning. His description of growing up in Mississippi under Jim Crow laws provides the necessary background for teens to understand what transpired in the time between Till's deadly mistake and the discovery of his body days later. Wright also details the toll the murder took on his family, his eventual move to Chicago, and his unsuccessful search for justice for Emmett Till. An appendix entitled "Lies, Myths, and Distortions" serves to discredit many of the misconceptions surrounding Till's death. It ends, "If you want an accurate account of any story, go to the primary sources. They know what really happened." Truer words were never spoken.-Kelly McGorray, Glenbard South High School, Glen Ellyn, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Herb Boyd
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
1 Life in Mississippip. 1
2 My Familyp. 15
3 At Home with Mom and Dadp. 25
4 The Abductionp. 41
5 The Trialp. 67
6 Fear and Flightp. 81
7 In Argop. 91
8 Reopening the Case and Exhuming the Bodyp. 105
9 Bobo on My Mindp. 115
Epilogue: The Till Billp. 123
Appendix: Lies, Myths, and Distortionsp. 129
Indexp. 139