Simeon Wright was only 12 when his teenage cousin, Emmett Till, was kidnapped from Wright's Mississippi home on August 28, 1955. A witness to the events leading up to and following that dreadful night, Wright saw his cousin's violent murder become a catalyst and symbol for the civil rightsmovement as his own life drastically changed its course..Sharing the tragedy of Emmett Till with younger readers, Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till (Lawrence Hill Books, an imprint of Chicago Review Press, January 2010, ages 12 & up) by Simeon Wright with Herb Boyd is an absorbing coming-of-age memoir that adds a vital contribution to America's civil rights history. Wright-who was with Till when he whistled at Carolyn Bryant and who saw his cousin being abducted from Wright's Mississippi home-reveals the actual facts surrounding the tragedy in this first-person, dramatic narrative. At the time of the murder trial and in subsequent years, much speculation and dishonesty has been spread about the events surrounding Till's death. Setting the record straight on Till's alleged provocations toward Bryant and on the aftermath of the murder trial that followed, Wright bravely relives the painful memories, including his dad's bold courtroom testimony, the country's reaction after Till's killers were acquitted on all murder charges and his family's relocation to Chicago.
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