Individual Author Record
Name: Mamie Till-MobleyPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Non-Fiction Born: 1921 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi Sites:
Illinois ConnectionTill-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 InformationMamie 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.
''Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America'', One World/Ballantine, 2003 - written with Christopher Benson