Author Devery S. Anderson Speaks on Emmitt Till

The Utah Department of Corrections would like to thank Devery S. Anderson, author of the book “Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement,” for speaking with incarcerated individuals at the Utah State Correctional Facility this week. The students are participating in high school education at USCF.  Anderson spoke on the history of the 1955 murder, the trial, and the 2004-2007 FBI investigation into the case. Anderson’s lecture focused on the story of Till, but also touched upon the impact his story had on the civil rights movement in the United States. After the talk, students asked questions directly to Anderson – who provided insights based on his dozens of trips to Mississippi and Chicago and decades of research into Emmett’s story and case.

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