Description2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book In 1955, people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr's wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to "speak what we see."
January 12, 2009
8.0 X 0.3 X 7.5 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author
Marilyn Nelson, a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, is one of America's most celebrated poets. She is the author or translator of more than twenty critically acclaimed books for adults and children. She has served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, as Poet-In-Residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and as Poet Laureate of Connecticut. Father Jacques de Foïard-Brown of Mauritius leads retreats and conferences in France and elsewhere. He is an ordained priest and a teacher of Christian meditation in Mauritius. He has lived in a hermitage for over twenty years, while serving the communities that surround it.
Marilyn Nelson is the author of Carver: A Life in Poems and Fields of Praise. She has won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Marilyn lives in Storrs, Connecticut, where she is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut.