By Marilyn Nelson
A Coretta Scott King and Printz honor ebook now in paperback. A Wreath for Emmett until eventually is "A relocating elegy," says The Bulletin.
In 1955 humans everywhere in the usa knew that Emmett Louis until used to be a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white girl in Mississippi. The brutality of his homicide, the open-casket funeral held via his mom, Mamie until Mobley, and the acquittal of the lads attempted for the crime drew vast media consciousness. In a profound and chilling poem, award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose destiny helped spark the civil rights circulation.
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9. Children's poetry, American. I. Lardy, Philippe. II. Title. 54-dc22 2004009205 ISBN-13: 978-0618-39752-5 Printed in Singapore TWP 10 9 8 7 6 How I Came to Write This Poem I was nine years old when Emmett Till was lynched in 1955. His name and history have been a part of most of my life. When I decided to write a poem about lynching for young people, I knew that I would write about Emmett Till. He was lynched when he was the age of the young people who might read my poem. After revisiting what I knew about lynching, reading more about it, and growing increasingly depressed, I also knew that I would write this poem as a heroic crown of sonnets.
Murder victims–Juvenile poetry. 6. Hate crimes–Juvenile poetry. 7. Mississippi–Juvenile poetry. 8. Lynching–Juvenile poetry. 9. Children's poetry, American. I. Lardy, Philippe. II. Title. 54-dc22 2004009205 ISBN-13: 978-0618-39752-5 Printed in Singapore TWP 10 9 8 7 6 How I Came to Write This Poem I was nine years old when Emmett Till was lynched in 1955. His name and history have been a part of most of my life. When I decided to write a poem about lynching for young people, I knew that I would write about Emmett Till.
TO ARIANE. F. THE AUTHOR WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS HER DEEP GRATITUDE TO THE J. S. GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION FOR A FELLOWSHIP, AND TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE, WHICH FREED HER FROM A YEAR OF TEACHING SO THAT SHE COULD WRITE. Text copyright © 2005 by Marilyn Nelson Illustrations copyright © 2005 by Philippe Lardy All rights reserved. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003.