Devery S. Anderson

Raised among the timber companies, paper mills, and aluminum plant in Longview, Washington, Devery attended Ricks College and served an LDS mission in London before returning to his hometown. He spent a decade reading history books and conducting independent research projects before returning to school in 1993 at the University of Utah. Devery earned a B.A. in history and investigated the origins of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He wrote an award-winning four-part history on the subject, published in the journal itself and currently is in the process of writing the final installments. Two subsequent books on Mormon history earned the Steven F. Christensen Award for Best Documentary from the Mormon History Association.

Additionally, Devery began researching the murder of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose 1955 death sparked the Civil Rights Movement. Over the course of a decade Devery developed relationships with the Till family, interviewed countless witnesses involved in the murder trial, and released his book, Emmett Till: The Murder that Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement in 2015. Producers Will Smith and Jay Z are currently developing a mini-series based on the book, and the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP recognized Devery’s efforts with The Albert Fritz Civil Rights Worker of the Year Award in 2016.

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