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Whistle in Mississippi: The Lynching of Emmett Till
Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
New York, NY
Who is Emmett Till? Emmett Louis Till was born on July 25, 1941. His parents, Louis and Mamie Till, separated shortly after, leaving Mamie to be the sole parent in their home in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1955, Emmett and his cousin went to visit family in Mississippi. His mother made sure to instruct Emmett to “mind his manners” when around white people, as racism and prejudice was overt and prevalent particularly in Mississippi. According to several versions, Emmett whistled at a white woman and others say he grabbed her hand and asked for a date; others say all he did was say “Bye, baby” as he left the store. This play explores the impact of the untimely death of Emmett Till and the powerful ripples of change that transformed America but also introduces a young boy whose vibrant personality, and charismatic disposition always left a wrinkle in the forehead and smile on your face and that is what will be forever missed.
When & Where
Shades of Truth Theatre and Voza Rivers/ New Heritage Theatre Group
Shades of Truth Theatre and Voza Rivers/ New Heritage Theatre Group.
Shades of Truth Theatre, Audelco Award Winner 2009, has been a welcoming presence in the theater community for the past eight years because of its excellence in producing positive and affordable entertainment with high standards. Shades of Truth Theatre have the passion to explore and develop relevant, provocative, and innovative new plays written by and about people of color and the Black experience. At the core of Shades of Truth Theatre is our commitment to produce works that stimulate, agitate and activate. http://shadesoftruththeatre.com
New Heritage Theatre Group (NHTG) is the oldest Black nonprofit theater company in New York City, established in 1964 under the name New Heritage Repertory Theatre by the late Roger Furman, a revered playwright, director, actor and lecturer who began his career in the 1940s with the American Negro Theatre in Harlem.
NHTG’s mission was to present entertaining, informative, and quality productions at affordable prices. NHTG productions seek to preserve and institutionalize classic works of Black theater. In1983, Voza Rivers, an award winning music and theatre producer took over the company. In 1997 Jamal Joseph, an award-winning writer,director, documentary filmmaker and educator, joined NHTG as Executive Artistic Director. Under the leadership of both Mr. Rivers and Mr. Joseph, NHTG expanded its mission and transformed the theatre into a leading nonprofit arts organization serving tens of thousands of community members and youth annually. http://www.newheritagetheatre.org