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Film Screening:  "Freedom Summer" 

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

4:30 p.m.

Axinn 232

During the summer of 1964, the nation's eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the 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.  Produced by PBS, 2014, 55 minutes.

Sponsored by the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, which will lead an alternative spring break trip to Montgomery, Alabama, this spring to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma-Montgomery civil rights march.  To learn more about joining the trip, check out go/Montgomery.

To learn more about the film, click here.