A Conversation with Karlos K. Hill about The Murder of Emmett Till
This week marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till on August 28, 1955. Karlos K. Hill’s new book, The Murder of Emmett Till, retells and recontextualizes the story for a new generation of readers born decades after this decisive moment, which helped ignite the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Hill and WLT editor in chief Daniel Simon sat down for a virtual conversation about the book.
Karlos K. Hill is an associate professor and chair of the Clara Luper Department of African & African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His next book, The Tulsa Massacre: A Photographic History, is forthcoming from the OU Press in spring 2021. Through an up-to-date narrative of events as well as one hundred photographs and carefully selected eyewitness accounts, the book will make the case that what happened in Tulsa in 1921 was not a “race riot”—it was a community lynching and attempted expulsion of Tulsa’s black community.