Jay-Z and Will Smith have finally found a home for their Emmett Till series. The project will air on ABC and focus on the story of Till’s mother Mamie Till-Mobley.
Smith and Jay-Z will tell her story as a part of the planned Women of the Movement series that will tell the stories of the civil rights movement through the black women behind it.
After Till was murdered at the age of 14 after a white woman falsely accused him of being inappropriate toward her, Till-Mobley famously asked for his casket to be left open during his funeral. The photos of the aftermath of his lynching were spread across the globe and helped fuel the civil rights movement.
A hundred days after his murder, Rosa Parks would refuse to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus after she thought of Emmett Till and “couldn’t do it,” Rev. Jesse Jackson told Vanity Fair.
The first season of the series was inspired by Devery S. Anderson’s book, “Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement,” ABC said.