Jay-Z And Will Smith To Produce Emmett Till's Story Through His Mother's Standpoint
Women of the Movement is a new anthology on ABC that chronicles women in history who've made strides for equality and social justice. The forthcoming series is being executive produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith, and will first feature Mamie Till-Mobley, the late Emmett Till’s mother, Vulture reports.
The episode aims to tell Till’s story through his mother’s perspective and her fight for social justice after her son’s murder in 1955. It's speculated that his lynching in a Mississippi town at 14 years old at the hands of two white men happened after he allegedly spoke to a 21-year-old white woman. Till-Mobley died in 2003 but spent her life advocating for her son. During his funeral, Mobley reportedly requested an open-casket.
That request spurred controversy because it showed how mutilated his body was after the lynching. According to Deadline, the casket is on display at The Smithsonian.
Till-Mobley also made a successful speaking tour with the NAACP to talk about the injustice her son endured. Prior to working on this project, Smith and Jay-Z had another series in the works at HBO, which was set to feature Till-Mobley's story as well.
There's no set premiere date for Women of the Movement.