In The Shadow Of Emmett Till

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ArtistBob Newman
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The Mississippi Delta is a region of layered contradictions. It is a place poisoned by slavery, poverty, and political and economic oppression, yet it gave birth to the creative genius of Muddy Waters, and the lynching of young Emmett Till. This complex place is examined by picturing the energy of a landscape that has been home to hatred and creativity. It interrogates the whiteness that has always held power in a predominately Black place and documents the ways the shadow of Till’s 1955 murder still hangs over the Delta, ultimately framing the region’s past in a 21st century context.