May 1, 2023
What can we learn from the murder of Emmett Till as we work to achieve racial justice in America today? Teachers can use this newly released teaching unit from Facing History & Ourselves to tackle this important essential question with their students. Developed in partnership with The Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley Institute, Emmett Till Interpretive Center, Alluvial Collective, and a group of student advisors, this series of six lessons will help students consider how Till’s murder and the courageous choices of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, inspired a generation of activists to fight for racial justice. It will also spark reflection on the lessons this history holds for the ongoing pursuit of racial justice and how it might inform civic participation.
The unit also includes notes about “Teaching Emotionally Challenging Content,” “Framing the Unit for Students,” and “Meeting Students Where They Are.” Teachers can use these notes as a guide to navigating this difficult part of our past.