UnTill Emmett Till by Ernest Dawkins
Jazz saxophonist and composer Ernest Dawkins created this work to mark the anniversary of Emmett Till’s murder in 1955. Acclaimed poet Khari B. melds together spoken word from the imagined viewpoints of Emmett Till and his murderers. The emotions of his grieving mother, Mamie Till, are expressed through the singing of renowned jazz songstress Dee Alexander. This performance is in conjunction with the exhibition, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and Struggle for Civil Rights.
For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights was curated by Maurice Berger, Ph.D. and was organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore County in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.