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Freedom Summer (2014)

A look back at the summer of 1964, when more than 700 student activists took segregated Mississippi by storm, registering voters, creating freedom schools and establishing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

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Stanley Nelson

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Stanley Nelson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karin Kunstler Goldman Karin Kunstler Goldman ... Herself - Freedom Summer Volunteer
Julian Bond ... Himself - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Peggy Jean Connor Peggy Jean Connor ... Herself - Mississippi Resident
Dudley Connor Dudley Connor ... Himself - Racist Lawyer (archive footage)
Dorothy Zellner Dorothy Zellner ... Herself - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons ... Herself - Freedom Summer Volunteer
Patti Miller Patti Miller ... Herself - Freedom Summer Volunteer
Tracy Sugarman Tracy Sugarman ... Himself
Larry Rubin Larry Rubin ... Himself - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Rita Schwerner Rita Schwerner ... Herself - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (as Rita Schwerner Bender)
Hollis Watkins Hollis Watkins ... Himself - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Anthony Harris Anthony Harris ... Himself - Mississippi Resident
Wally Butterworth Wally Butterworth ... Himself - Racist Radio Host (archive footage)
Bruce Watson Bruce Watson ... Himself - Author of 'Freedom Summer'
William Winter William Winter ... Himself - Treasurer of Mississippi 1964-1968
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A look back at the summer of 1964, when more than 700 student activists took segregated Mississippi by storm, registering voters, creating freedom schools and establishing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

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Official Sites:

PBS American Experience

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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17 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Firelight Films See more »
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Moving and Powerful
17 January 2015 | by johnfkentSee all my reviews

As a white Virginia high school student in 1964 I recall being inspired to hear that young people from all over the country were going to Mississippi to help register Black people to vote, and even more I recall being shocked and outraged to hear that they were being beaten, arrested and even killed. This movie, though interviews, documentary footage, photographs and drawings, brings all of this alive in a moving and powerful way. You meet the young people themselves, black and white, and find out why they did what they did, how it effected them and how it helped to change history. This is not a stuffy history lesson, but a true story bursting with life about people fighting for a better world.


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