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As part of the Ninth Annual Harvard Mississippi Delta Celebration, the Mississippi Delta Project is hosting a lunch talk with Benjamin Saulsberry, staff member at the Emmett Till Interpretive Center. In September 1955, the small town of Sumner, Mississippi made headlines across the country when an all-white jury acquitted the two white murderers who had brutally killed Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old youth. Today, the Emmett Till Interpretive Center strives to face Sumner’s troubled racial history head-on by telling the story of the murder, the trial, and the reverberating effects of these events on the community in which it sits. Benjamin will describe how the Center came to be and how it works to use storytelling as a means of healing past traumas while shaping new narratives in the community and society at large.