Mamie Till Mobley and the 'Death of Innocence'

Mamie Till Mobley was mother to Emmit Till, the 14-year-old boy who in 1955 was kidnapped and brutally murdered in a small Mississippi town. Mobley may not be a household name today, but her passionate calls for justice energized what would become the Civil Rights movement. Mobley collaborated with Christopher Benson on the book Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Changed America, and joins NPR's Tavis Smiley to discuss the book and Mobley's remarkable life.



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