Marie Michael Library


Freedom Summer


115 min.

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In the summer of 1964, known as the Freedom Summer, hundreds of student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi. 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. Freedom Summer was marked by violence, the burning of churches, and the bombing of homes and community centers. This documentary highlights the long-term efforts by both activists and citizens in Mississippi to organize communities and register black voters even in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death.