Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement

By Angela Joy (Author), Janelle Washington (Illustrator)

Accompanied by striking cut-paper illustrations, this moving picture book biography illuminates Mamie Till-Mobley’s life and the ways in which the murder of her son affected her activism during the civil rights era. 


From the 2023 Caldecott press release:
After her 14-year-old son Emmett Till was murdered in 1955, Mamie Till-Mobley chose to share her loss with the world, catalyzing the Civil Rights Movement. Washington’s bold paper-cut illustrations and Joy’s powerful text mirror Till-Mobley’s loving strength in making difficult choices and living bravely with the consequences.

From the 2023 Sibert press release:
This powerfully told story pairs striking papercut images with poetic language to detail the life of Mamie Till-Mobley, the memory of her son Emmett Till, and the legacy of Till-Mobley's activism and how it connects to contemporary movements for racial justice.

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