For Immediate Release
June 16, 2014
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Mayor's Press Office
BOSTON - 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:
About The Strand Theatre The mission of the Strand Theatre is to serve as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences regardless of race or cultural background, age, ability, gender, economic level, or sexual orientation. Central to the Strand's mission is the development and implementation of youth arts educations programs. The Strand Theatre has a special commitment to the surrounding communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.
About American Experience American Experience is television’s most-watched history series, and celebrated its 25 anniversary in 2013. The program 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, and 16 George Foster Peabody Awards, one most recently for three films representing the series’ body of work: Freedom Riders, Triangle Fire, and Stonewall Uprising.
Exclusive corporate funding for American Experience is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for Freedom Summer provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional funding provided by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations: Dedicated to Strengthening America's Future Through Education; the Yawkey Foundations, the Documentary Investment Group: Robert & Marjie Kargman and the Brian A. McCarthy Foundation; and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Television Viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.