In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old black teenager was brutally murdered in Mississippi. Only two suspects were brought on charges, against a jury of their all-white, all-male peers—and once acquitted gave the most “accurate” representation of their actions in a paid interview. In the early 2000s, hoping to bring about justice and because of his personal experience growing up in the South, Keith Beauchamp undertook a documentary project titled The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till. In this interview with Chris Pepus, Beauchamp talks about his experience looking into the murder as well as some of the truths from (previously unheard) eyewitness testimony and news articles he encountered.
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