August 28, 1955…50 years ago… Emmett Till was brutally murdered. June 2, 2005…The F.B.I. reopens the case. The Face of Emmett Till is a true-to-life dramatization of the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager who, while visiting relatives in Money, Miss., in August 1955, was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by two white men who claimed they wanted to teach him a lesson for "allegedly" whistling at a local white woman. The horror and the brutality of this crime were magnified even more when his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, made the fateful decision to invite the media to the funeral where she had an open casket. The shocking pictures were published by the American black press and were later republished around the world. The ramifications of this act are still being felt today. As retold for the first time within a creative, nonfictional genre by Mamie Till-Mobley, the play chronicles this tragedy, its aftermath, and her heroic crusade for justice. The year 2005 commemorates the 50th anniversary of this incident, which has rightfully been called "the hate crime that changed America" and in fact sparked the Civil Rights movement; two months after the death of Emmett Till, Rosa Parks stood up against Jim Crow and helped spearhead the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott. She has often cited the tragic death of Emmett Till as one of a myriad of reasons she refused to give her seat to a white passenger.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code F93000
- Cast Size 10
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 135 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult | Senior Adults
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama | Tragedy
- ISBN(13) 9781583423257
- "Emmett Till is one of those plays that touches your heart and makes you face reality. Although the story takes place 50 years ago, it is a part of history we must not forget. Mamie Till-Mobley worked really hard to keep his story alive and this play creates a beautiful legacy to her work."
- Review by Daphnie Sicre, North Miami Beach Senior High School, North Miami Beach, Fla.
Media Reviews"The crime and the kangaroo court that followed—with its verdict of not guilty for Bryant and Milan delivered by an all-white jury in a segregated courtroom—were galvanizing events in the fight for civil rights." -Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times