The Emmett Till Project (ETP) is digital platform commemorating the legacy of the murder of Emmett Louis Till by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Launched for the occasion of the 60th anniversary of this landmark moment in American history, ETP is curated as an aggregate for unpacking this historical case and highlighting its connection with contemporary inequalities concerning race and the criminalization of black youth in America.
Curated by Myriah Towner, Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf, and Ladi'Sasha Jones
As the millennialgeneration is charged with shifting the country’s policing practices and devaluation of Blackhumanity, artist Titus Kaphar with The Jerome Project shifts our proximity to those impacted by our criminal justice system, making them visible and human rather than statistics of mass incarceration and criminalization. This is a high time to interrogate the (re)memory of our American experience and collective relationship to incarceration.
To expand the Schomburg Center's public programming audience into the digital sphere, the following trailers were produced for, From Dapper to Dope, an event presented by MAD Free & @SchomburgLive.
Digital programming for Dapper to Dope involved commission portraits by fashion photographer, Mangue Banzima, interviews with Harlem style legends, and a Livestream of a public event that took place on February 12, 2015 (with over 1,800 views). For the live program, a "style council" was convened to explore the self-expression of Black men through style uniquely found on the streets of Harlem. The council included, Bevy Smith, Emil Wilbekin, Guy Wood, and Dapper Dan with moderation by Michaela angela Davis.