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‘Women of the Movement’: Everything We Know About the Real-Life Dr. Howard


'Women of the Movement' cast member Alex Desert as Doctor Howard
‘Women of the Movement’: Alex Desert | ABC/James Van Evers

Was Dr. Howard portrayed accurately in ‘Women of the Movement’? 

Yes, even minor details about Dr. Howard came through in the ABC series Women of the Movement. Viewers meet Dr. Howard when he greets two journalists he put up in the guest rooms at his home. Mamie Till-Mobley also flies to Mississippi to attend the trial and stay at Howard’s home. Although it’s not mentioned in Women of the Movement, Howard covered all expenses to ensure Till-Mobley’s safe travel to his 

In ABC’s Women of the Movement cast, Alex Désert portrays Dr. Howard. The civil rights leader investigated the death of Emmett Till (Cedric Joe) and provided a safe house for Mamie Till-Mobley (Adrienne Warren) in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. In real life, Dr. Howard played a prominent role in the trial of Till’s murderers, Roy Bryant (Carter Jenkins) and J. W. Milam (Chris Coy). Find out more about Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard and how accurate Désert’s portrayal of the civil rights leader is in Women of the Movement on ABC. Jay-Z and Will Smith produce the six-part series.

‘Women of the Movement’: Alex Desert | ABC/James Van Evers

Was Dr. Howard portrayed accurately in ‘Women of the Movement’? 

Yes, even minor details about Dr. Howard came through in the ABC series Women of the Movement. Viewers meet Dr. Howard when he greets two journalists he put up in the guest rooms at his home. Mamie Till-Mobley also flies to Mississippi to attend the trial and stay at Howard’s home. Although it’s not mentioned in Women of the Movement, Howard covered all expenses to ensure Till-Mobley’s safe travel to his Mound Bayou home in Mississippi. 

When cross-checked with the biography of his life, T. R. M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer, the series, Women of the MomentI, accurately portrays Dr. Howard. In 1955, he ensured the safe transport of Till-Mobley and many others to the Sumner courthouse and back each day in a “heavily-armed caravan.” According to Google, the renamed Tallahatchie courthouse is a 40-50 minute drive from Mound Bayou today. However, according to NPR, the historic city was a safe haven founded by freed slaves in 1887. 

Mound Bayou was founded in 1887 by Isaiah Montgomery and Benjamin Green – both of whom were formerly enslaved. In 1955, Mound Bayou was a thriving community – it had a U.S. post office, and multiple churches, banks, stores, and schools. #WomenOfTheMovement https://t.co/pYODpNEC3y

— Women of the Movement (@WomenOfMovement) January 14, 2022

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In the series, Howard discusses the gas station boycott, which he was a part of in real life. Howard founded the Regional Council of Negro Leadership (RCNL) in 1951, and the organization led the successful gas station boycott.

T.R.M Howard was instrumental in the Emmett Till investigation in 1955

“It is up to us to make sure that it is a fair trial,” Howard told journalists in Women of the Movement.

In Women of the Movement Episode 4, viewers discover how involved Dr. Howard was in the investigation of Till’s murder. His home indeed became a “Black command center” for journalists and witnesses in 1955. With the help of Ruby Hurley (portrayed by Leslie Silva) and Medgar Evers (Tongayi Chirisa) from the NAACP, he located, interviewed, and protected witnesses in Emmett Till’s kidnapping and murder.

Another incredibly accurate detail is that Howard slept with a gun at the foot of his bed. He continually received death threats on his life …read more

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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