Join us for a FREE screening of the first half of “Freedom Summer,” the upcoming American Experience documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson.
The film explores the 10 memorable weeks of the summer of 1964, when more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. The campaign was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses.
Following the 50 minute excerpt of the film, there will be a community discussion about topics presented in the documentary as well its impact on Kansas City.
The entire documentary will air June 24 at 8pm on KCPT.
This event is co-sponsored by KCPT and the Bluford Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.