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‘Freedom Summer’ to Screen at Little Rock Juneteenth Celebration

Panel to discuss 50th anniversary of voter registration efforts.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - The UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, Arkansas Educational Television Network, and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will present a free preview screening of “American Experience: Freedom Summer” as part of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Juneteenth 2014 celebration at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21. 

The screening will be held in the third-floor auditorium of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center followed by a panel discussion. Panelists include: Judge Wendell Griffen, Division 5 Judge of the Sixth Circuit for Pulaski County in Arkansas; Ravi Perry, Ph.D., assistant professor of Political Science and Stennis Scholar of Municipal Governance at Mississippi State University, and T. Elon Dancy, Ph.D., associate professor of Higher Education at the University of Oklahoma. 

The screening is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. Register online at Freedom Summer. Light refreshments will be served. 

“Freedom Summer” is a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson of the “Freedom Riders,” and “The Murder of Emmett Till,” and tells the stirring, inspirational story of 10 weeks during the summer of 1964. 

During this period, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local blacks in a historic effort to canvas for voter registration, create Freedom Schools, and establish the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. 

The advance screening is an opportunity for the public to see “Freedom Summer” before it premieres on-air as part of the “American Experience” series on AETN at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. For more information about the film or to watch the trailer, go to ualr.edu/race-ethnicity.  

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s observance of Juneteenth commemorates the holiday with a variety of activities designed to celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Arkansas. Juneteenth marks the abolition of slavery in the U.S. in 1865. 

In addition to the “Freedom Summer” screening and discussion panel, the Juneteenth street festival celebration will feature a wide range of family-friendly activities, including various speakers, poets and live music. 

Click here for more information about the Juneteenth activities.

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