After watching the limited series produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith, Women of the Movement on ABC, many viewers want to know where the Civil Rights Memorial is. The historical drama depicts the lynching of Emmett Till (played by Cedric Joe) which spawned the civil rights movement. The drama tells the true story of his mother, the perspective of Mamie Till-Mobley – portrayed by Women of the Movement Cast member Adrienne Warren. In the final minutes of the drama, viewers see her, in 1989, at the inauguration of the Civil Rights Memorial where Emmett’s name will forever be inscribed.
“Women of the movement”: Medgar Evers
In the last minutes of Women of the Movement, an older Grandma Till-Mobley (Gloria Bankston) runs her fingers over Medgar Evers’ name, which is inscribed on the Civil Rights Memorial. He was a civil rights leader, portrayed in the ABC series by Tongayi Chirisa, and assassinated on June 12, 1963. Evers became Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP in 1954. He also worked as a salesman for Magnolia Mutual Life Insurance Company of TRM Howard.
After the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision to desegregate schools, Evers worked on numerous cases to integrate school systems and universities. He rose to prominence after his involvement in the Emmett Tills murder investigation. Evers and his wife lived in the same town as TRM Howard (played by Alex Désert in Women of the Movement)—Mound Bayou, Mississippi.
On June 21, 1963, Byron De La Beckwith assassinated Evers. He was rushed to a local Jackson hospital but initially refused entry because he was black. When his family explained who he was, they finally admitted Evers, but he died 50 minutes later.
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Where is the civil rights memorial shown in “Women of Movement”?
On November 5, 1989, the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama dedicated the Civil Rights Memorial. It is located at 400 Washington Avenue in the city of Alabama. The names of 40 men, women and children, including Emmett Till, are inscribed on the granite fountain as martyrs killed in the civil rights movement. Maya Lin created the monument based on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The memorial honors those who died in the movement while urging visitors to “keep marching for fairness race and social justice”.
“Until justice flow like waters and justice like a mighty stream,” reads the monument as water trickles over the inscriptions.
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The memorial is located very close to the church where King pastored during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It’s also near the steps of the Alabama Capitol where King spoke after Selma’s voting rights march to Montgomery.
The 40 names listed show a timeline of significant events during the civil rights movement. The memorial is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What other names are on the Civil Rights Memorial?
A full list of Civil Rights Memorial inscriptions shown in Women of the Movement was published in The New York Times.
“LEE, Reverend George, killed May 7, 1955 for leading voter registration drive in Belzoni, Miss.” reads the monument. “SMITH, Lamar, 63, killed Aug. 13, 1955, for organizing black voters in Brookhaven, Miss. TILL, Emmett Louis, 14, killed Aug. 28, 1955, for talking to a white woman in Money, Miss. REESE, John Earl, 16, killed October 22, 1955 by night riders opposed to black school improvements in Mayflower, Texas.
“KING, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther Jr., 39, murdered April 4, 1968, Memphis,” is the surname inscribed on the monument.
All six of the ABC Women of the Movement episodes are available to stream on Hulu on January 21, 2022.
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