Update folks! I am currently working on a screenplay about the lynching of Emmett Till. For those who don’t know, Emmett Till was viciously beaten and murdered by two white men, J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant for whistling at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant and allegedly making crude comments (later proved false).
My father told me this story when I was 14-years-old, and it always resonated deep within me because the boy was my age at the time. I just couldn’t [and still can’t] fathom someone beating a child TO DEATH over a whistle. But… they were in Mississippi and it was 1955, and things were a whole hell of a lot different back then.
In January 2017, the white woman who caused all of this chaos, finally broke her silence after six decades. Carolyn Bryant stated that all of the lewd comments she claimed Emmett Till made toward her were not true. Upon hearing this information, I immediately put pen to paper and started writing, and before I knew it I was on a journey, but I knew I didn’t want to write a non-fiction book. That had already been done.
So I did some research–from what I have been able to gather–there has not been a film made about this horrific travesty. I have only been able to dig up several documentaries and one stage play. Why? Well… I’m on a journey to find out.
J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant were acquitted in the murder of Emmett Till in 1955. In 2017 the wife of Roy Bryant came forward and stated she lied… so–an innocent boy died and his face was so unrecognizable the family could only identify him by his father’s ring and NO ONE has put this on screen? Not yet anyway…
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I would love to see this performed on stage – locally. At the end, I can envision the lights going dim with a memoriam to this young man.
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Thank you, Jeff! Stay tuned for more updates! 🙂
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