Simeon's Story

Simeon's Story
Simeon's Story

Simeon's Story

An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till
By Simeon Wright, By Herb Boyd

JUVENILE NONFICTION

160 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.99 (CA $19.99) (US $14.99)

ISBN 9781569768198

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2011)
Lawrence Hill Books

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Overview

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.

Reviews

“Fascinating. . . . Simeon Wright is just the latest in a long line of writers who find the Emmett Till story compelling, but his perspective and proximity are critical to a full understanding.” —Chicago Tribune



“Crystal clarity and blistering prose. . . . [A] powerful, important memoir. Simeon’s Story is a story you must read.” —Savannah Morning News



“Wright’s story is chilling, and his honest account will hook readers from the beginning.” —School Library Journal



Simeon’s Story is one that must be heard and never forgotten. In simple, plain language, Wright describes an event that shocked the conscience of the nation and gave birth to the modern-day Civil Rights Movement in America.” —John Lewis, U.S. congressman



“A compelling read.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Simeon Wright is Emmett Till's cousin. A major figure in the documentary, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, he has been profiled in the Washington Post and has appeared on Tavis Smiley and Court TV. He lives in Countryside, Illinois. Herb Boyd has published 18 books, including We Shall Overcome: The History of the Civil Rights Movement as It Happened, and is managing editor of the Black World Today. He lives in New York City.