Emmett Till Murder Focus of Lecture


Kent LibraryCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 13, 2013 — The 1955 murder of Emmett Till and its influence on two famous American authors, William Faulkner and Harper Lee, will be the focus of an upcoming lecture at Southeast Missouri State University.

The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Faulkner Studies and delivered by Delta State University emeritus professor Dr. Henry Outlaw, will take place at 4 p.m. Feb. 26 in Crisp Hall auditorium. The title of the lecture is, “Emmett Till, William Faulkner, and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’”

The program will include a display of a traveling exhibit of photographs connected to the Till case. The photographs have been viewed by more than 150,000 individuals across the United States.

The murder of Till, “the murder that changed America,” and the trial that followed became an important catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.

Outlaw taught chemistry at Delta State University from 1966 to 2002 and currently works as an adjunct professor in the School of Theology at University of the South, a position he has held since 1990. He also has worked as a development officer at the Delta State University Alumni-Foundation since 2006.

Outlaw also has been involved in a number of activities and projects tracing the history and culture of the Mississippi Delta.

His lecture and the traveling exhibit have been honored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.