Special screening of Women of the Movement at the National Museum of Civil Rights | national


Memphis, TN, December 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – On December 15, the National Civil Rights Museum will host a special virtual screening of the anticipated ABC limited series, “Women of the Movement” based on the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley , mother of Emmett Till. The museum is one of the sites selected across the country for the series premiere ahead of its network debut on January 6.

Mamie Till-Mobley, who in 1955 risked her life for justice after her son Emmett was brutally murdered in Jim Crow Mississippi, chose to bear her pain on the world stage, becoming a justice activist and igniting the movement. of civil rights as we know it today. The three-week limited series stars Adrienne Warren as Mamie Till-Mobley, Tonya Pinkins as Alma Spearman, Cedric Joe as Emmett Till, Ray Fisher as Gene Mobley, Glynn Turman as Mose Wright, Chris Coy as JW Milam, Carter Jenkins as Roy Bryant, and Julia McDermott as Carolyn Bryant.

“We know that young Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi while visiting his uncle and cousin in the summer of 1955. There are mixed facts and emotions as to what really happened. pass. This series tells the story of Emmett through the story of his mother Mamie Till-Mobley and her fight for her justice. The series is brilliantly produced. You’ll want to see all of the episodes, ”said Faith Morris, NCRM’s head of marketing and external affairs. “I must add that the timing of the Justice Department’s decision to close the case was not lost on any of us as I discussed the ‘Women the Movement’ series and the action of the DOJ with the creator of the series, the actors and especially the family. “

The panel will discuss a wide range of issues, including the recent decision of the US Department of Justice to close the cold case of 2018 after failing to obtain evidence that an important person, Carolyn Bryant Donham, in the case lied, according to those responsible for the case. Federal law as part of the 2006 FBI Cold Case investigation named the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act in honor of the young civil rights martyr. Suspects Bryant and Milam admitted to the murder but were never brought to justice until they died.

The museum screening includes the first two episodes and a panel of actors, contributors, filmmakers and family members with:

Marissa Jo Cerar, designer and executive producer. Emmett’s uncle TillRev. Wheeler Parker & Dr. Marvel Parker – Reverend Wheeler is Till’s cousin who traveled from Chicago to Mississippi with him that fateful summer of 1955. He and his wife created the Summit Community Working Group (IL) and Emmett Till Memorial Center.Ms. Ollie Gordon, cousin of Emmett Till who was Till-Mobley’s goddaughter Christopher Benson, co-author of the book Death of Innocence with Till-Mobley a book on Emmett Till

Faith Morris is the panel moderator.

The series trailer and a three-minute behind-the-scenes video are on the ABC website. The free screening of the museum is open to the public but registration is compulsory before December 13. Visit the museum’s website for more information.

About the National Civil Rights Museum

The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located in the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, provides a comprehensive overview of the American civil rights movement, from slavery to our days. Since the museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors have come from all over the world, including more than 90,000 students per year. Serving as a new public square, the museum is steadfast in its mission to honor and preserve the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It chronicles the American civil rights movement and tells the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights, serving as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change. An affiliate of the Smithsonian and an internationally renowned cultural institution, the museum is recognized as a recipient of the 2019 National Medal by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the highest national honor for museums and libraries. This is a museum of the Top 5% of America as TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, USA Today’s Top 10 Iconic American Attractions; Top 10 Best Historic Sites in the United States by TLC’s Family Travel; To be seen by the age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Top Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal.

About Smithsonian Affiliations

Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums, educational and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. The long-term goal of Smithsonian Affiliations is to facilitate a two-way relationship between affiliate organizations and the Smithsonian Institution to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. More information about the Smithsonian Affiliations program and affiliate activity is available at www.affiliations.si.edu.

Connie Dyson National Civil Rights Museum 9013315460 [email protected]

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