ABC has announced it plans to air a limited series called Women of the Movement in 2021.
The six-episode program is based on Devery S. Anderson’s book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. It focuses on Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of a Black teen murdered in 1955 Mississippi.
The series was created by Marissa Jo Cerar (The Handmaid’s Tale, 13 Reasons Why,) with Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard, Love & Basketball) set to direct the first episode.
No casting has been announced.
“Today marks 65 years since the tragic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till. This limited series will shine a light on the determined pursuit of justice by Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley,” Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a news release.
“Their story involves inconceivable heartbreak and brutality but also the enduring love of a mother and her son, galvanizing a movement that carved the path for today’s racial justice movement. We are honored to be bringing their story to ABC backed by an all-star producing team.”