Carolyn Bryant shared the truth with 1 reporter; “They’re all dead now anyway”


If you look Women of the Movement on ABC, you want to know what happened to the real Carolyn Bryant (played by Julia McDermott). Is Emmett Till’s (Cedric Joe) accuser still alive today and has she ever been telling the truth? Viewers watched in Women of the Movement Episode 1 is different from what Bryant said during the trial a few episodes later. Which version is the truth? Fortunately, she told her story to a reporter, Timothy B. Tyson, published in her 2017 book, Emmett Till’s blood.

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“Women of the Movement”: Is Carolyn Bryant alive and how old is she today?

Yes, Emmett Till’s accuser Carolyn Bryant, pictured in Women of the Movement, is still alive today. She was born in 1934 and will be about 88 years old in 2022. According to the book Emmett Till’s blood, in 1955, when Emmett Till walked into the country store in Money, Mississippi, Bryant was 21.

‘Women of the Movement’ Shows Two Versions of the Carolyn Bryant Incident

In Women of the Movement Episode 1, “Mother and Son,” Emmett’s friends challenge him to talk to Carolyn Bryant. The white woman behind the counter is dismayed when Emmett asks her on a date. She runs to grab her gun and Emmett hisses. Her husband, Roy Bryant (Carter Jenkins), finds out what happened and kidnaps Emmett along with his step-brother, JW Milam (Chris Coy), days later. They find him at his great uncle Mose (Glynn Turman) and his family will never see him alive again.

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In a subsequent episode of ABC’s historical drama, Bryant speaks up and tells a more dramatic story of what happened in the store. She explains that Emmett grabbed her hand and didn’t let go until she pulled it off. Bryant also said he chased after her, blocked her path and squeezed her waist tightly. The other addition to the story since Episode 1 is that Emmett said he’s been with white women before, so she shouldn’t be afraid. Which side of the story is correct?

Did Emmett really whistle?

In Tyson’s New York Times bestseller, he describes the interview he got with Carolyn Bryant Donham in 2007, long before Women of the Movement. She invited him to her home to deliver the manuscript and his unpublished memoirs to the appropriate archives for future researchers.

“They’re all dead now anyway,” recalls Bryant Donham’s Tyson, saying to himself a little before starting the interview. Her ex-husband, Roy Bryant, died on September 1, 1994. JW Milam died on December 31, 1980.

They spoke of her 1955 testimony in the interview that “Till grabbed her by the waist and said obscenities.”

“That part is not true,” Bryant Donham told Tyson.

However, when he asked her to elaborate, the woman couldn’t remember what had happened.

“I want to tell you,” she said. “Honestly, I just don’t remember. It was fifty years ago. You tell these stories for so long that they seem true, but that part is not true.

Tyson got the handwritten notes of what Bryant told his lawyer the day after the arrest in 1955. Bryant admitted that Till “insulted” her but did not catch or attempt to rape her in this version. earlier.

“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” she added during the interview with Tyson.

Carolyn Bryant Donham hasn’t said if Emmett Till hissed at her all those years ago; however, many accounts report that he did. To watch Women of the Movement, viewers know Emmett had a stutter. Her mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, told her to hiss sometimes to help her stutter. Did he whistle at Carolyn Bryant in 1955 outside the country store as shown in Women of the Movement? We may never know for sure.

Women of the Movement airs on ABC on January 6, 13 and 20, with two episodes per week. The historic 6-episode limited series is also available the next day on Hulu. ABC News also added a companion series to the historical drama, which immediately follows it; Let the world see.

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