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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mamie Till-Mobley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1921 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi

Died: 2003 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Mamie Till-Mobley on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=mamie+till-mobley


Illinois Connection

Till-Mobley's family moved to Argo, Illinois in 1924 when she was two years old and lived there for most of her life. She was the first black student to make the "A" Honor roll and only the fourth black student to graduate from the predominantly white Argo Community High School. She graduated from Chicago Teachers College in 1956 and received an Masters in Administration from Loyola in 1976.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mamie Till-Mobley was the mother of Emmett Till who was murdered in Money, Mississippi in 1955 when visiting relatives for the summer. His murder and subsequent funeral was one of the catalysts for the civil rights movement. Her autobiography, ''The Death of Innocence'', was written with Christopher Benson and published the same year she passed away.


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