Movies That Matter: Freedom Summer
High school students, along with their teachers, view award-winning documentaries that examine issues such as identity, culture, and tolerance. Each day of film screenings features post-film discussions and a pizza lunch.
Today’s film: Freedom Summer (directed by Stanley Nelson, 2014, 50 minutes)
Over 10 weeks in 1964, student volunteers from around the country joined local organizers and activists in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi by registering voters, creating Freedom Schools, and establishing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Freedom Summer highlights an essential element of the civil rights movement and serves as a reminder that desegregation efforts were far more complex than most of us know.
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