“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.
Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.
Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.
Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.
“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.
Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.