The Emmett Till Project (ETP) is a digital platform commemorating the murder and trial of Emmett Louis Till that helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.

Launched for the occasion of the 60th anniversary of this landmark moment in American history, ETP is curated as an aggregate for unpacking this historical case and highlighting its connection with contemporary inequalities concerning race and the criminalization of Black youth in America.

The goals of the project are to:

(1) Curate a digital narrative of Till’s case utilizing the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s research Collection

(2) Create an interdisciplinary approach to explore the case through podcasts, literature, archival materials, film and digital programming

(3) Provide a historical framework that contextualizes the landscape or racial, political and legal injustices in the United States as a resource for today’s generation of youth organizers, activists and creative communities

Curated and Produced By
Myriah Towner, Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf and Ladi’Sasha Jones

About the Schomburg Center
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. Beginning with the private collection of bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg ninety years ago, we are one of the leading institutions dedicated to collecting and preserving materials documenting the global Black experience. Today, we continue to serve the public not just as a library, but also as a space that fosters intellectual enrichment and community engagement through dynamic adult and educational programming on black life, history and culture.


Website Designer | Adrienne Gaither
Social Media Manager | Candice Frederick