Say his name.
“His name is Emmett Till. I want people to know he’s a good boy,” says mother and civil rights activist Granny Till-Mobley (played by Tony winner Adrienne warren) in a first look at ABC’s new drama Women of the Movement.
The six-part historical drama, which premieres on January 6, is based on Granny’s real-life journey, in which she sought justice for her son Emmett (Cedric Joe). For those unaware of the facts of the crime, Emmett was murdered in Mississippi on August 28, 1955 after he allegedly offended a white grocery store cashier, named Carolyn bryant. He was only 14 years old.
Glynn Turman, Who’s playing Mose wright in the upcoming series, points out in the clip that it will tell the story of a boy who was “the Trayvon Martin from the 1950s. “
Not wanting to let Emmett’s murder fade from the headlines, Granny chose to bear her pain in front of the world, which helped ignite the civil rights movement. In the new footage, Granny is seen inspiring a crowded church, noting, “My son’s death has shown me that whatever happens to all of us, it’s better to be up to all of us. . “