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Mamie Till-Mobley

Born: 1921 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi
Died: 2003 in Chicago, Illinois

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Mamie Till-Mobley on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Death of Innocence :
ISBN: 1299074049 OCLC: 842995819

Random House, 2011.