Shatterglass Films and Chaz Ebert, wife of former Urbana native and Chicago Sun-Times Film Critic Roger Ebert, announced today they will adapt award-winning book Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America for film. The book, based on the life of slain Chicago teenager Emmett Till, was co-written by Till’s mother, the late Mamie Till-Mobley and award-winning journalist Christopher Benson, nominated for a 2004 Pulitzer Prize and won a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition that year.
Emmett Till, a 14 year-old boy who was visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta, was slain after reportedly whistling at a white woman. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the brutal lynching of Emmett Till that took place on August 28th, 1955. Till’s murder, which was the focus of international press coverage, inspired Americans in their quest for justice and equality, and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement that ultimately led to federal legislation, and extensive legal and social progress.