Emmett Till's story told in ABC's 'Women of the Movement' series on civil rights

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Friday, January 7, 2022
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The story of Mamie-Till Mobley and her son Emmitt Till is playing out over ABC's new series on civil rights, "Women of the Movement."

The story of Mamie-Till Mobley is playing out over three weeks on ABC's new limited series, "Women of the Movement."

She was an educator.

She was a mother.

And she became an activist whose bravery brought international attention to the civil rights movement.

In "Women of the Movement," Adrienne Warren plays Mamie Till-Mobley. Her teenage son, Emmett Till, was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of offending a white woman in a grocery store.

Till-Mobley wanted the world to see that her son's killers beat him, mutilated him and shot him in the head. She insisted on an open casket at a public memorial.

Ollie Gordon, Emmett Till's cousin, said, "As Emmett's mother said, 'His face showed the grotesque and ugliness of hatred and racism.'"

Warren said, "I hope people see who Mamie Till-Mobley is. And I hope people learn who Emmett Till was. That's what I hope because he was a little boy, the joy of her life that was taken from his world because of hate and ignorance."

Cedric Joe plays Emmett Till in the series. He said, "No one should ever have to go through anything like this and I hope that we all start to look at it, each other, as humans and we look at each other equal."

Executive producer Marissa Jo Cerar said, "I hope that we see the humanity in Emmett and the humanity in Mamie and I hope that they see that one person can change the world. That is truly, truly my goal."

Ray Fisher, who plays Mamie's husband, said of the experience shooting this, "Every day, I was grateful and every day I felt like we were doing something great. And I think if you talk to anyone in the cast and crew, they probably would share that same sentiment."

Chris Coy plays one of the men who admitted to killing Till.

"The only way any of us learn from our mistakes," he said, "is to face them, you know? This really happened and it really still happens and that's a problem."

Tonya Pinkins, who plays Mamie's mother, said, "She went against good sense, common sense and everyone she knew to do this thing. She went against the law. She endangered her family, she endangered herself to do something that changed history."

For Warren, "If this show gives a little more of an insight to what mothers go through when this happens, that is what we came here to do.," she said.

"Women of the Movement" begins Thursday at 8 p.m. on ABC, followed by a docu-series with more about Mamie Till-Mobley called "Let The World See."