As part of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Emmett Till's death, this nine-part podcast series features voices of journalists and scholars who shed light on the tragedy of Till's murder while also discussing race relations today.


Hugh Stephen Whitaker | a resident of Charleston, Mississippi (near Sumner) who wrote a Master’s thesis in 1963 while attending Florida State University titled A Case Study in Southern Justice: The Emmett Till Case. His thesis served as the only one to reference the original trial transcript and included first-hand interviews with all of the jurors as well as prosecutors, defense attorneys and the sheriff involved in the trial

Devery Anderson | author of the recently published book, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement

Keith Beauchamp | filmmaker of The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

Hank Klibanoff | James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism at Emory University and co-author of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

Simeon Booker | award-winning African-American journalist, also known as the “Man from Jet”, and author of Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement

Isabel Wilkerson | journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Davis Houck | professor at Florida State University and co-author of Emmett Till and The Mississippi Press

Qiana Whitted | associate professor of English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina

Courtney R. Baker | associate professor at Occidental College and author of Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African American Suffering and Death as well as several essays on black visual culture and literature