The Freedom Summer was a 1964 campaign in Mississippi to increase black voter registration. Adversaries resisted the movement with malevolence and violence. Today at noon, Krys Boyd will speak to historian Bruce Watson, author of American Experience: Freedom Summer, about the effort 50 years ago.
"The Voices of Freedom Summer" is a month-long storytelling series on KERA with insight into the discrimination that took place in the '60s and still continues today.
NPR recounts the training activists went through to handle segregationists' vicious opposition to the registration endeavor.
History explains further what Freedom Summer was and provides videos and speeches from the Civil Rights Movement.
A Freedom Summer event is open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at KERA (3000 Harry Hines Blvd in Dallas). Patrons can register for the event, which will feature clips from the public television documentary, a panel discussion and an opening reception, online until an hour before it begins.
Freedom Summer, the documentary based on Watson's book, airs June 24 on KERA-TV.