A Wreath for Emmett Till
Call Number: JUV PS3573.A4795 W73 2005
Publication Date: 2009
"Coretta Scott King Award ; Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature."
Presents fifteen interlinked sonnets to pay tribute to Emmitt Till, a fourteen-year-old African American boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 for supposedly whistling at a white woman, and whose murderers were acquitted. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr's wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices--to speak what we see. Newbery Honor-winning poet Nelson offers an evocative tribute to a 14-year-old boy whose lynching in 1955 helps spark the civil rights movement. Full color.
Michael L. Printz Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2006.
Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 2006.
Notable Book for a Global Society award winner, 2006