Civil Rights figure Simeon Wright to be Featured Storyteller at Tales from the South

Jan 29, 2013

Civil rights figure Simeon Wright is the featured storyteller at this week's Tales from the South program Thursday (Jan. 31).

Public radio listeners love Tales from the South and with good reason-- they're true stories from the very Southerners who lived them.

This Thursday (Jan. 31), Civil Rights figure and author Simeon Wright will be the featured storyteller for a very special Tales from the South "Tin Roof Project."

The live taping of the radio series will be at Starving Artist Café, 411 Main St., North Little Rock. There will be live music by Finger Food with Steve Davison and Micky Rigby.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner and drinks are served 5 - 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for the show, plus the cost of dinner and drinks. Seating is very limited.

On August 28, 1955, during the Jim Crow era, Chicago teen Emmett Till (14) was kidnapped, tortured, and killed for whistling at a White woman in the segregated South while visiting his family in Money, Miss. Emmett's younger cousin, Wright, who was 12 at the time, watched as two men abducted the boy. Those responsible were never convicted.

It took more than five decades for Wright to talk about his cousin's death. He shared his account in the book Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till. The memoir is a first eyewitness account of the kidnapping that adds a vital contribution to America's civil rights history, according to the event press release.

Get more information about the program and purchase tickets here.