“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.
Memorial Day Weekend Specials
Join us Memorial Day Weekend as we pay tribute to the military service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform with special programming May 29-30. Special broadcasts range from AETN original film “Their Journey: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour” to the “National Memorial Day Concert.”
Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
Calling Arkansas girls who have completed 5th, 6th or 7th grade! Discover the fun of STEM careers by participating in cool, hands-on activities at the Arkansas STEM Girls camp. This free event will feature a variety of sessions with women in STEM fields — including coding, science, pharmacy and more.
“Arkansas Week” News Maker: Chancellor Steinmetz
AETN enjoyed having University of Arkansas Chancellor Dr. Joe Steinmetz visit us in Conway, Friday, May 20. Chancellor Steinmetz, who visited AETN as part of his bus tour of Arkansas, stepped in studio as an “Arkansas Week” news maker. In addition to his interview with Steve Barnes, he took a moment to answer a few questions about his impressions of The Natural State and his hopes for higher education in Arkansas. Join us after the jump to learn more.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call May 23
Members of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet via conference call Monday, May 20, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. Those interested in teleconference information should contact AETN at 800-662-2386.
“Arkansas Ask: Chronic Wasting Disease” airs May 23
What is chronic wasting disease (CWD), how does it affect the state’s deer and elk populations, and what precautions do hunters need to take? Join us and experts from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas at Monticello to discuss on Monday, May 23, at 8 p.m.