Keith A. Beauchamp, award-winning filmmaker, attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where he studied Criminal Justice with the intention of becoming a Civil Rights Attorney. In the fall of 1997, Beauchamp relocated from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to New York and quickly found work at Big Baby Films. Two years later, in 1999, Beauchamp founded Till Freedom Come Productions, a company devoted to socially significant projects that can both teach and entertain. He has devoted the past twenty-two years of his life telling the story of Emmett Till.

Beauchamp has been featured on '60 Minutes', ABC World News Tonight 'Person of the Week,' Court TV, MSNBC, 'Good Morning America,' CNN, BBC as well as numerous publications around the world including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press and the Chicago Sun Times. Beauchamp’s past works included, TV One’s 'Murder in Black and White' hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton and 'Wanted Justice: Johnnie Mae Chappell for the History Channel.

Beauchamp is currently the Executive Producer and Host of Investigation Discovery’s crime reality series, 'The Injustice Files’ and the producer of the upcoming feature film “Till.” He is also a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities around the country.

https://twitter.com/KeithBeauchamp http://www.emmetttillstory.com

 

Maegan Parker Brooks received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Communication Arts, with emphases in Rhetoric and Afro-American Studies. She is a member of the National Fannie Lou Hamer Statue and Education Fund Committee and an Assistant Professor of Civic Communication and Media Studies at Willamette University.

Brooks has published two books about Fannie Lou Hamer. The first, The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is, is an anthology of Hamer's speeches, which Brooks co-edited with Davis W. Houck. The second book is a rhetorical biography of Mrs. Hamer entitled, A Voice that Could Stir an Army: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Rhetoric of the Black Freedom Movement. Brooks has also written article-length pieces about Fannie Lou Hamer, including a Voices of Democracy unit she co-authored with Davis W. Houck (http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/maegan-parker-brooks/).

In general, Brooks's writing projects focus on the rhetoric of social change, with particular emphases on the roles gender, race, class, and sexuality play in amplifying/silencing voices in the public sphere. She has written features for the Front Porch Newspaper of Northeast Denver and Brooks's scholarship has appeared in a variety of academic journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Southern Journal of Communication and Women’s Studies in Communication.

Presently, she is writing a book about debates over the integration of public schools in the American West.

http://www.maeganparkerbrooks.com http://www.fannielouhamer.info/mpbrooks.html

 

Joe Davenport is a videographer and video editor from Tallahassee, Florida. Since 2010 he has produced an eclectic mix of feature-length and short documentaries on topics as varied as the Civil Rights struggle in Mississippi, migratory shorebirds of Florida, the Cold War anxieties of Gilligan’s Island, and many more; his historical film “M.F.D.P.” was an official selection at the Bridge Crossing Jubilee Festival in Selma, Alabama; and he has produced environmental pieces for PBS and National Geographic. He is currently based out of Chicago, Illinois. 

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Davis W. Houck is professor in the School of Communication at Florida State University, where he teaches classes in rhetorical theory and criticism.  Over the past 10 years his scholarship focused primarily on the African American freedom movement in Mississippi, specifically the case of Emmett Till and the speechmaking and activism of Fannie Lou Hamer.  Houck is the author/editor of 12 books, including The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is (with Maegan Parker Brooks) and Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press (with Matthew A. Grindy). 

Houck has also worked on several documentary film projects, including Keith Beauchamp’s series, Murder in Black and White, which featured the unsolved killings of black activists, Reverend George W. Lee and Lamar Smith.  Houck also serves as the Series Editor of the Race, Rhetoric and Media series with the University Press of Mississippi.

 

Monica Land is a freelance writer and producer specializing in investigative and statistical reporting; feature writing; news writing and historical research for television documentaries and segments.

An award-winning journalist, Land has been writing for local and national media outlets for more than 25 years.

In 1991, Land pitched and produced a segment for “Entertainment Tonight” on the life of legendary actress Dorothy Dandridge, also providing talent, research materials and photographs. Land also contributed to the Black Filmmaker’s Hall of Fame Awards by contributing materials for a tribute to Dandridge on their nationally-televised program.

As the Consulting Producer and researcher for “Little Girl Lost,” an A&E “Biography” on Dorothy Dandridge, Land again provided research materials, talent and photographs for the award-winning documentary.

She has also worked as a production assistant in several television and reality programs.

As a historical writer and researcher, Land has worked with several Civil Rights legends including Rosa Parks, Mamie Till-Mobley, Leo Branton, Jr., James Meredith and Myrlie Evers-Williams. 

As the great-niece of Civil Rights icon, Fannie Lou Hamer, Land has written numerous feature articles about Hamer, and in 2009, was asked to write an essay of Hamer’s life for the book, “Pieces From The Past: Voices of Heroic Women in Civil Rights” (2011) published by Joan H. Sadoff, M.Ed, MSW and Tasora Books.

 

Pablo is a doctoral student in the School of Communication at Florida State University. He has a Master’s in Communications with an emphasis on digital media. He has experience producing and editing documentaries, educational media, advertisements, graphics and short animations. Correa recently received the Bronze Award in the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (college documentary category) out of more than 350 documentaries. His documentary highlighted the civil rights movement in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Correa is the photographer and videographer for the Emmett Till Memory Project and webspinner for the Fannie Lou Hamer Documentary website.