During an interview with Global Grind while promoting her current film Proud Mary; Taraji P. Henson revealed that her production company TPH Productions will be producing a movie based on the life of Emmett Till. She’ll be playing the role his mother Mamie Till.
“We don’t have a start date yet, but the deal has been done,” Henson explained, but it will be directed by John Singleton.
Emmett Louis Till was a 14-year-old African-American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, said she was offended by him allegedly whistling at her in her family’s grocery store. Several nights after the store incident, the woman’s husband Roy and his half-brother J.W. Milam went armed to Till’s great-uncle’s house and abducted the boy. They took him away and beat and mutilated him before shooting him in the head and sinking his body in the Tallahatchie River. Three days later, Emmett Till’s body was discovered and retrieved from the river.
The teen’s killers were acquitted by an all-white jury. In 2017, author Timothy Tyson released details of a 2008 interview with Carolyn Bryant, during which she disclosed that she had fabricated the most sensational part of her testimony.
Tyson stated: “she said with respect to the physical assault on her, or anything menacing or sexual, that that part isn’t true. Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him”.
Till posthumously became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. Mobley-Till became a teacher and civil rights activist following her son’s death. She died in 2003 at the age of 81.