Melody Gardot releases Preacherman video to raise awareness for The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, which educates young children about racism in the United States

Melody Gardot and the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation today announced they have created a powerful new video for Melody’s new track ‘Preacherman’ which features on her socially conscious new album ‘Currency Of Man’. Emmett was a 14-year-old black teenager in 1950’s America, whose racially motivated murder marked a landmark moment in the Civil Rights movement. The Preacherman video was created by Melody as a poetic tribute to Emmett’s story and will help raise awareness for the foundation, which works with young children in the US educating them about racism.   Watch the Preacherman video now on the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation website: http://www.emmetttilllegacyfoundation.com Emmett’s family are heavily involved in the Preacherman project. The family learned that Melody planned to make a video to honour Emmett, when his cousin Dr. Edelia Carthan, known as Dr. Jay, saw an advert online looking for extras to take part in the video. Dr. Jay reached out to Melody, and featured as an actor in the video as well as working closely with Melody on the project as a whole. Together they created the hard-hitting video, filmed by director Calum Macdiarmid, produced by Great Guns and shot on location in Mississippi.   Melody stated: “The profound nature of our existence is that we are able at any moment to connect to anyone, anywhere. History is there to remind us of how far we’ve come, and every day our journey is to continue with that progress of becoming more wise, more compassionate and more considerate human beings. Remembering Emmett Till through song is a way to remind people that there is no need to continue with senseless crimes. Race and racism do no go hand in hand. We are only one race: human.”   Considered a flash point in the chain of events that sparked the civil rights movement, Emmett Till’s murder showed many the full brutality of racial prejudice in the United States, particularly due to the heroic approach of his mother, who made […]