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The Strand Theatre and WGBH present preview screening and discussion of "Freedom Summer"

June 16, 2014

The Mayor’s Office of Art, Tourism, and Special Events, in collaboration with the Strand Theatre and WGBH, are presenting a special preview and discussion of the new American Experience film, Freedom Summer, on Monday, June 23, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Freedom Summer is the third film from acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson whose other work includes, Freedom Riders, Jonestown, and The Murder of Emmett Till

“I’m pleased that WGBH has joined the Strand Theatre in featuring such a critical point in our nation’s civil rights history," said Mayor Walsh. "This event will facilitate insightful discussions about these lessons in equality, recognizing how far we have come, and yet how much work we still have ahead."

Freedom Summer is the story of the ten memorable weeks in 1964 when 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 host Callie Crossley will moderate a discussion with Stanley Nelson and special guests, including:

  • 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 an RSVP is required.  For more information about this film, visit: