In August 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy, was kidnapped and murdered by two white men in Money, Mississippi for reportedly flirting with a white woman. An all-white, male jury acquitted the men, who later admitted their guilt.
The film, DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till, is a true dramatization of the historic interviews and events surrounding the murder. The film was adapted from the one-man play written and performed by Mike Wiley. In the play, and the film, Wiley plays all 36 characters.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is presenting a screening of DAR HE this Saturday, followed by a conversation with Mike Wiley. He joins us this afternoon, along with Chris Miller, Freedom Center manager of Program Initiatives, to discuss the murder of Emmitt Till, and the impact it had on the country and the then-emerging civil rights movement.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in partnership with ARTSCONNECT Springfield Township presents a screening of DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till, followed by a discussion with actor and playwright Mike Wiley, this Saturday, August 13 at 1 p.m. in the Freedom Center's Harriet Tubman Theater. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. The Freedom Film Series is sponsored by Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. For more information and to RSVP, click here.