Tragedy on Trial: Discussing the Emmett Till Murder Trial with Author Ron Collins

February 15, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
March 13, 2024 @ 5:00 pm

We invite our fellow racial justice advocates to join us for a discussion of the infamous Emmett Till murder trial with author Ron Collins and moderator Chanta Wilkinson!
Purchase your copy of the book here

Thurs, Feb 15 @ 7 p.m. | Trabant University Center Theater
This event will be a panel discussion with the author, moderator, and local community panelists, including Fleur McKendell (Central Delaware NAACP), Ivan Henderson (Delaware Historical Society & Mitchell Center for African American Heritage), and Cornelius Berry (Ezion-Mount Carmel UMC).
Copies of the book will be sold by the University of Delaware Bookstore.

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Wed, March 13 @ 5 p.m. | Lewes Public Library
This event will be a 1:1 conversation between the author and moderator. There is a Zoom option available for virtual attendance.
Copies of the book will be sold by Browseabout Books.

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This event is sponsored in part by: Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, League of Women Voters DE, Delaware Human and Civil Rights Commission, YWCA Delaware, Lewes Public Library, and Browseabout Books


Ron Collins' new book Tragedy on Trial reveals as never before the entire and shocking story of the 1955 trial of Emmett Till's murderers. Based on extensive research, and accompanied by photos of the trial, the brisk narrative brings the story alive, revealing all its manipulations of justice, including:

  • the sheriff who from beginning to end put the fix in for the defendants;
  • the ethically conflicted county attorney who selected the jurors;
  • the successful scheme to never charge the guilty defendants with kidnapping;
  • the defense lawyers who corruptly built their case on racism of the cruelest kind;
  • the White woman who falsely accused Emmett Till, inflaming an already bigoted all-White male jury;
  • the Black witnesses for the defense who were rounded up and secretly jailed in distant jurisdictions;
  • the defense's medical "experts" who were not experts; and
  • the defense's closing arguments (never recorded but now reconstructed) directed to "every Anglo-Saxon" member of the jury.

Collins offers an original and in-depth account that highlights the fearless efforts of Mamie Till and the courageous friends and family who testified. Collins also uncovers the truth behind the widely read 1956 Look magazine story, correcting falsehoods that persist to this day.