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Civil Rights documentary, "Freedom Summer", followed by discussion with filmaker Stanley Nelson

Thursday, March 13, 2014 4:30 PM

Rosenthal 230

This brand new film was made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964. 1,000 volunteers, including a number from Queens College, were invited by local civil rights groups – including SNCC, CORE, and the NAACP -- to help in Mississippi with voter registration and to staff Freedom Schools. It became an historic moment in the ongoing civil rights Movement when the national spotlight was turned on the state after the KKK murder of three civil rights workers – two of whom had connections to QC. Freedom Summer became a major catalyst for the passage of the US Voting Rights Act and other legislation. Would you have travelled south to volunteer to work on one of the projects? This film was premiered this year at January’s Sundance Festival and will be shown on PBS in June. A reception will follow the film and discussion.

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