Community Cinema: “Freedom Summer: Mississippi. 1964.”
February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
February is Black History Month, and this year marks the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In 1964, less than 7 percent of Mississippi’s African-Americans were registered to vote. For years, local civil rights workers had tried unsuccessfully to increase that number. Those who wished to vote had to face the local registrar, who would often publish their names in the paper and pass the word on to their employers and bankers. If loss of jobs and the threat of violence wasn’t enough to dissuade them, the complex and arcane testing policies were certain to keep them off the rolls.
In 1964, a new plan was hatched by Bob Moses, a local secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and David Dennis, field secretary for the Mississippi Congress of Racial Equality. For 10 weeks, white students from the North would join activists on the ground for a massive effort that would do what had been impossible so far: force the media and the country to take notice of the shocking violence and massive injustice taking place in Mississippi. “Freedom Summer: Mississippi. 1964.” follows that movement.
Dennis will lead the film discussion, joined by Dr. Millicent Brown, a historian and American Civil Liberties Union board member who will discuss modern-day voter suppression.
The film series is free and open to the public.