The oral history consists of seven digital files: 2011.174.74.1a, 2011.174.74.1b, 2011.174.74.1c, 2011.174.74.1d, 2011.174.74.1e, 2011.174.74.1f, and 2011.174.74.1g.
Rosie Head describes her early life in Greenwood, Mississippi, where her family lived and worked on a plantation. She discusses how her parents faced racial discrimination in their work and how they were cheated by the plantation owner and then blacklisted. In 1964, Head joined the Civil Rights Movement in Tchula, Mississippi, where her family had relocated. Head recounts the various ways she was involved in the movement: registering voters, working with Freedom Summer volunteers, helping to establish the Child Development Group of Mississippi, and campaigning for black candidates for political office.
The oral history consists of four digital files: 2011.174.10.1a, 2011.174.10.1b, 2011.174.10.1c, and 2011.174.10.1d.
Simeon Wright discusses his cousin, Emmett Till, and his attempts to correct the historical record concerning Till's murder. He recalls Till's visit to his home in Mississippi, going to Bryant's store, and the night that Till was kidnapped. He remembers the trial, moving to Chicago, and how the murder and publicity affected his family.
The oral history consists of six digital files: 2011.174.11.1a, 2011.174.11.1b, 2011.174.11.1c, 2011.174.11.1d, 2011.174.11.1e, and 2011.174.11.1f.
Wheeler Parker, Jr., discusses his visit to Mississippi with his cousin, Emmett Till. He recalls the incident at Bryant's store and the night that Till was kidnapped, and Till's funeral in Chicago. He remembers how the murder and publicity affected his family, the reopening of the case in 2004, and efforts to memorialize Till.