Thanks to American Experience, the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, AETN (Arkansas Educational Television Network), and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will show a free advance screening of the documentary, “Freedom Summer,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, during the annual Juneteenth celebration at Mosaic Templars.
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Saturday,Â June 21, 2014Â â€˘ 1 – 3 p.m. (During Juneteenth 2014)
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
501 W. Ninth Street, Little Rock, ArkansasÂ 72201 (See for directions and parking)
More About the Film
Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local blacks in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of segregation in Mississippi. Written, produced, and directed by the award-winning filmmaker of the “Freedom Riders,” Stanley Nelson, the film explores the efforts of student volunteers who joined with organizers and local blacks who canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. 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.
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Three social justice advocates will participate in a panel discussion following the preview screening to discuss the significance of the movement throughout the South. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Michael R. Twyman, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity.
Panel members Dr. T. Elon Dancy, Judge Wendell Griffen, and Dr. Ravi Perry, all specialize in social justice and civil rights. Learn more about each panelist at Panel to discuss 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. Learn more about each panelists at Freedom Summer Panel Discussion.
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