Emmett’s family were heavily involved in the Preacherman project.
I don't know how long it will last; if it's anything like my other relationships I better start talking fast...Since her brain suffered neural-pathway damages she trained up her voice by humming and eventually sing into a tape recorder.She also learned to play the guitar while being hospitalized."It was frustrating because I think fast and I talk like molasses – very sweet, but with very little movement.I remember that feeling of frustration as if you needed a drink and you hadn't had one in so long your tongue stuck to your mouth." She may not have been able to formulate words, but she could sing wordless forms, and to help her short-term memory, she started recording songs to track her memory progress.
The Emmett Till foundation said: “Melody Gardot’s tribute to the legacy of Emmett Till via the video, Preacherman and song, helps to take each of us on an important emotional journey back in history.