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WGBH and the City of Boston present a special preview and discussion of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's Freedom Summer, from acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders, Jonestown, The Murder of Emmett Till). It is the story of how over ten memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi, then one of the nation’s most segregated states.
Following the screening, WGBH's Callie Crossley (Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, Basic Black) will moderate a discussion with Stanley Nelson and special guests:
Bob Moses, field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and co-director of Freedom Summer
Dave Dennis, field secretary for Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) and co-director of Freedom Summer
Tickets are free, but RSVP is required. For more information about this film, visit pbs.org/americanexperience/freedomsummer
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Television’s most-watched history series, American Experience celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013. It has been hailed as “peerless” (Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune), and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, 16 George Foster Peabody Awards, and multiple Academy Award nominations, including one most recently for Last Days in Vietnam.
Exclusive corporate funding for American Experience is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for Last Days in Vietnam provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations: Dedicated to Strengthening America's Future Through Education; the Documentary Investment Group: Gretchen Stone Cook Charitable Foundation; Roxanne E. & Michael J. Zak and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Television Viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.
The outreach campaign partner for Last Days in Vietnam is the Center for Asian American Media. Additional funding provided by Naja Pham Lockwood & David Lockwood.