Tags: oprah | trayvon | emmett | till

Oprah: Trayvon the 'Emmett Till' of our Era

By Wanda Carruthers   |   Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 01:11 PM

Talk show maven Oprah Winfrey describes Trayvon Martin as "the Emmett Till of our era," when talking about race and her role in the new movie "The Butler."

Martin's killing by community watch captain George Zimmerman last year sparked renewed debate about race in the United States. "The Butler" continues the debate through the eyes of a White House butler.

Story continues below.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy



Till was a 14-year-old boy who was slain in Mississippi in 1955 for flirting with a 21-year-old white woman.

Winfrey made the statement to MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough during an interview Wednesday.

"This movie is really about two different ways to protest. The butler, in his own way, you know, hanging in there, maintaining the dignity, the hard work, the perseverance, that multitudes of African-American families have shown over the years — in spite of the face of racism and discrimination," Winfrey said.

"The Butler" is based on a true story of White House butler Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents over three decades, and the tumultuous civil rights battles he witnessed along the way. Winfrey plays Allen's wife.





© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
Talk show maven Oprah Winfrey describes Trayvon Martin as "the Emmett Till of our era," when talking about race and her role in the new movie "The Butler." Martin's killing by community watch captain George Zimmerman last year sparked renewed debate about race in the...
oprah,trayvon,emmett,till
284
2013-11-14
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved