“Freedom Summer” is a powerful documentary from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (“Freedom Riders,” “The Murder of Emmett Till”), and recognizes an important and often overlooked mile-marker in the growth of our nation’s civil rights.
In our 50-minute preview of the film, you’ll hear the harrowing, inspirational story of 10 hot and deadly weeks during the summer of 1064. During this period, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the fountains of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state - Mississippi.
With the nation’s eyes rived on their efforts, these dedicated volunteers worked together to canvas for voter registration, create Freedom Schools and establish the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. From the beginning, the campaign was marked by sustained, 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.
We’ll hold this screening with our partners in the third-floor auditorium of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and follow the film with the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity’s panel discussion about the 50th anniversary of the voter registration efforts. Panel members include Dr. T. Elon Dancy, Judge Wendell Griffen and Dr. Ravi Perry. While you can drop in at any point, seating is limited. The Institute on Race and Ethnicity is kindly providing an RSVP option to make sure your space is reserved here.
While you’re in the neighborhood for the screening, don’t miss the wide range of family-friendly events and activities celebrating the freedom and rich history and culture of African Americans in Arkansas at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Society street festival! They have a full schedule of events and information about the history of Juneteenth in Arkansas and across the nation at mosaictemplars.com/juneteenth.
Win Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smith
Looking for a grr-ific family treat? We’re giving away four tickets to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” on Sunday, Oct. 2! Enter to win four seats to the show by telling us about your family’s favorite Daniel Tiger lesson by midnight on Sunday, July 31.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call July 25
Members of the will meet via conference call Monday, July 25, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. This is an open meeting, and the public may request teleconference information.
5 Ways to Celebrate Summer Learning Day
With local and national applications - and even some fun prizes to win - we’re thrilled to celebration National Summer Learning Day Thursday, July 14, and to support academic growth for all of our PBS KIDS all season long! From special events and contests to new episodes and more, read on for five ways to celebrate National Summer Learning Day with AETN PBS KIDS.
Learning for summer — and beyond! - AETN PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps
This summer, AETN was proud to host PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps, made possible by PBS KIDS and support from the Verizon Foundation, to help Arkansas students between the ages of five and eight get started with Creative Coding! Read on to learn more about how our Conway campers learned to create and express themselves with technology (and how you can download the FREE PBS KIDS ScratchJr App to get started at home) after the jump.
Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - July Facebook Contest
Have you been visiting new worlds, traveling to times past and future, and meeting new friends from the farthest realms of imagination by reading with the kids in your life summer? We have another exciting chance for you to help them fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our July I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest. Enter to win by noon on Thursday, July 28, for a chance to host a summer reading party for 20!