Kevin Beauchamp, Documentary Filmmaker, Speaks at Mount Union College
February 3, 2005
Kevin Beauchamp, the producer of the documentary, 'The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till' spoke on February 3 in the Campus Grounds of the Hover Price Campus Center. Presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in celebration Black History Month, Beauchamp discussed the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, an African-American boy.
Emmett Till had left Chicago to visit relatives in Mississippi. After whistling at a white woman one afternoon, he was taken from his relatives' home where he was staying, assaulted, and murdered. The two white men accused of the murder were later acquitted. Beauchamp pointed out that this event was said to have inspired such well-known leaders of the civil rights movement as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.
Beauchamp first became interested in Emmett Till's story at ten years old when he happened to see a magazine article about the murder. Ever since then, Beauchamp has been devoted to discovering the truth of the murder. For the previous nine years, Beauchamp has been investigating the murder by talking with Emmett Till's relatives and witnesses to the event. He also lobbied the government to reexamine the case, which was reopened on May 10, 2004.
The audience viewed a portion of the documentary, which included recent interviews with Emmett Till's mother, cousins, friends, relatives' neighbors, as well as Reverend Al Sharpton, Mr. Charles Evers, and Dr. Raymond Lockett. The release date for the film is set for August 28, 2005, the anniversary of Emmett Till's murder.
Currently, Beauchamp is working on a feature film about his struggles to reveal the truth of the Emmett Till case. He is also co-writing a novel with James Allen McPherson.
Beauchamp stressed that we must all remember our past, and seek justice for Emmett Till's murder and other murders like it.