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One Book, One Philly: "A Wreath for Emmett Till" Community Read

Our celebration of 2019’s One Book/One Philadelphia continues with a communal read aloud of Marilyn Nelson’s A Wreath for Emmett Till. This award-winning poetry collection, for middle grade and up, explores the life and death of Emmett Till, and how that death continues to echo in contemporary events.

The 2019 One Book/One Philadelphia middle-grade book is Jewell Parker Rhode’s Ghost Boys, in which Emmett Till’s ghost works with the ghost of 12 year year old Black boy killed by police to explore the effects of historical racism. Our communal read aloud and discussion of Nelson’s book will extend these themes into our own lives and communities.


The Communal Read-Aloud will be followed by workshop on using writing forms to contain trauma. Click here for more information.