In ABC Women of the Movement, Uncle Mose Wright (played by Glynn Turman) testified against the killers at Emmett Till’s trial despite having his and his family’s life endangered in the Jim Crow South. However, at the end of the trial, viewers saw Mose (also known as Preacher) give his dog to a friend and move his entire family to Chicago, Illinois. What happened to Uncle Mose Wright and his family after the Emmett Till trial in 1955? Marissa Jo Cerar, Jay-Z and Will Smith serve as executive producers on the limited series.
‘Women of the Movement’ Episode 6 Recap: Mose Wright Moves to Chicago
In Women of the Movement Episode 6, “The Last Word,” jurors in Emmett Till’s murder case found Roy Bryant (Carter Jenkins) and JW Milam (Chris Coy) not guilty, after deliberating for just 67 minutes. Women of the Movement Cast members Julia McDermott and Amanda Jaros then joined the pair to speak to reporters as Carolyn Bryant and Juanita Milam. The two couples reenacted the smiles and kisses on camera as if the men had done nothing wrong, mimicking news reports from 1955.
Meanwhile, Mose Wright packed up the last things in his Mississippi home to move to Chicago after the trial ended. The 64-year-old entrusted his dog to his friend Paul who told him: “It takes guts to get up there at the helm. You know what else? Leaving also takes courage.
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Next, Mose boarded a train with his three boys, Simeon Wright (Jamir Vega), Maurice Wright (Luke Hardeman) and Robert Wright (Khai Alexander Hart). They headed north to build a new life in Chicago. His wife, Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Wright (Vivian Fleming-Alvarez), met them at the train station. That’s the last time we saw the Wright family Women of the Movement.
What happened to Mose Wright after Emmett Till’s trial?
After the murder trial of Women of the Movement, Mose Wright has returned to testify in the kidnapping trial of Bryant and Milam. However, the grand jury did not indict the two men for kidnapping despite the testimony of Wright and Willie Reed. Dr. TRM Howard (portrayed by Alex Desert) arranged Mose Wright’s safe move.
According to TRM Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer by David T. Beito and Linda Royster Beito, Dr. Howard paid the cost of moving Mose Wright and his family to Chicago. The doctor wanted to protect those who testified in Emmett Till’s trial.
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PBS reported that Mose Wright could smell the “boil of blood” in white people sitting in the courtroom as he testified. After the kidnapping jury declined to indict Bryant and Milam, Mose Wright never returned to Mississippi again. He died on August 3, 1977 in Chicago.
‘Women of the movement’: What happened to Willie Reed?
Myron Parker Wright portrayed 18-year-old Willie Reed in Women of the Movement. He testified that he saw Milam enter the hangar where Emmett’s screams echoed. He was a farm laborer at the time. Reed testified in the murder and kidnapping trials of Bryant and Milam. Immediately after the trials, Dr. Howard paid to move Reed to the Chicago area.
According to The New York Times, Reed changed his name to Willie Louis to hide from those who wanted him dead. When he arrived in Chicago, he received 24-hour police protection, but that did not allay his fears. Shortly after moving, Reed was “hospitalized with a nervous breakdown”.
He kept his testimony secret from everyone, including his wife, until a relative told him. The first time he spoke publicly about the events was in the PBS documentary. He worked as a nurse in Chicago and died on July 18, 2013.
All six of the ABC Women of the Movement episodes are available to stream on Hulu on January 21, 2022.