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In Review: “Freedom Summer” Screening and Online Resources

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On Saturday, June 21, we had a wonderful time with the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, our panelists and guests at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Juneteenth celebration.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

As well as, airing the full-length program on Tuesday, June 24, at 8 p.m., PBS has made the film available for online viewing at here, along with several other valuable resources. 

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.”

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We also enjoyed viewing the photo gallery of “Tracy Sugarman Drawings,” which shares the work of American illustrator Tracy Sugarman. Well-known for chronicling momentous events in American History — from D-Day to the Civil Rights struggle — Sugarman, then 41, joined many college-age volunteers and Civil Rights workers to document the people and projects of Mississippi’s Freedom Summer.

Want to learn even more about the Freedom Summer movement, or to teach others about this important movement in American history? Be sure to view the full “Freedom Summer” resource list for reading sources and check out the complementary American Experience Teacher’s Guides, as well as PBS LearningMedia’s extensive Freedom Summer classroom resources.

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