In addition to all of the fun at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Juneteenth street festival, we were privileged to show a special preview screening of “American Experience: Freedom Summer,” in the museum’s third-floor auditorium.
After watching the special 50-minute preview, many members of our screening audience stayed to discuss the film and how it relates to us all today — in the Little Rock community and across the U.S.
The panel, arranged by the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, included Dr. T. Elon Dancy, of University of Oklahoma; Judge Wendell Griffen, of Arkansas's 6th Judicial Circuit Court; and Dr. Ravi Perry, of Mississippi State University.
With excellent questions and comments from the audience, the discussion covered a broad range of topics and — if not for time limits — could have continued much longer!
You can delve deeper into the stories of the individuals who participated in and were affected by Freedom Summer in the “Freedom Summer @ 50” video gallery, learn more about the investigative process (and lack thereof) surrounding “Murder in Mississippi” and gain perspective on the movement’s lifecycle with the “Freedom Summer Timeline.”