Freedom Summer

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: