Stanley Nelson’s Civil Rights Doc ‘Freedom Summer’ On PBS’ ‘American Experience’ In June
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Stanley Nelson’s Civil Rights Doc ‘Freedom Summer’ On PBS’ ‘American Experience’ In June

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Acclaimed documentary

filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Freedom

Riders, The Murder of Emmitt Till, Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s

Temple, A Place of Our Own and many

other films) has returned again

to the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960’s with his latest film Freedom Summer.

The film

chronicles the events during the violent and bloody summer of 1964 in Mississippi known as the Freedom Summer, when hundreds of student volunteers in league with local and

national activists and organizers worked to push for voting rights, to bring down the racist

segregationists policies and 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.

Now the PBS

series American Experience will broadcast

Freedom Summer on Tuesday, June 24 at 9PM (ET) in conjunction

with the 50th anniversary of the event.

Of course, always be sure to check your local listing for the time and day of the program in

your area:

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