- Radio Times
- Review by:
- Jane Anderson
The African-American civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born 100 years ago and, to mark her centenary, Radio 4 are broadcasting three short stories inspired by acts of determination or non-cooperation.
This opening tale is based upon the horrific racial murder of Emmett Till,
a young black teenager, more child than man, who was visiting relatives in Mississippi. Written by the poet, novelist and playwright Fred D’Aguiar, it is a visceral, angry, tormented monologue delivered by Emmett’s mother.
Actress Adjoa Andoh’s American accent is flawless and her crisp enunciation emphasises the rage in this woman’s heart. Till’s mother refused to let her badly beaten son’s coffin be closed on its journey back from Mississippi to Chicago because she wanted the world to see what racist killers had done to Emmett. She, like Rosa Parks, helped change the world.
About this programme
New series. By Fred D'Aguiar. Mississippi, August 1955: a 14-year-old black youth, Emmett Till, is murdered by two white men for whistling at a white woman. The first of three true short stories commissioned to mark the centenary of the birth of American Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks. Read by Adjoa Andoh.
Cast and crew
- Adjoa Andoh
- Kirsteen Cameron
- Fred D'Aguiar