‘I saw Emmett Till this week at the grocery store’: A poem by Eve Ewing

Last fall, I was fortunate to see Eve Ewing recite this poem onstage in Chicago. A few months earlier, Carolyn Bryan Donham had recanted parts of her story about Emmett Till⁠—a conventional fiction that stirred two murderers to act on their deep cultural rage.

Emmett Till would have been 78 years old today. The stories we tell ourselves are the stories we’re left with.

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