The reason that you have heard of Emmett Till is because of the iconic role that Mound Bayou played in the black political imagination and black national media during the era of Jim Crow.
Many are familiar with the case of Emmett Till, but few understand the historical importance of the town that helped make the case famous. It wasn’t a given that the murder of a Black boy in Mississippi would become national news. In fact, it usually didn’t. Through the history of the all-Black town of Mound Bayou, this lecture reveals how the murder of Emmett Till became such a national phenomenon.