Through the Black Lens

When Mamie Till insisted on an open casket funeral service for her 14 year-old son in Chicago in 1955, thousands of people stood in line outside the door of the church and waited to see in-person the horrors of Mississippi. Mamie invited dozens of journalists, civil rights leaders and photographers to witness, record and share in the hurricane of pain and turmoil that comes with a mother burying her son.

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