Freedom Summer: SFFS Viewing Guide

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POSTED BY: San Francisco Film Society

CREATED: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Freedom Summer is a documentary film about activism for voting rights in Mississippi in the summer of 1964. A class screening of the film may complement a US history or civics curriculum and will add a human and emotional context to the study of civil rights. Taught in conjunction with this guide, the film will empower students to think critically about the harsh realities of American history and the legacy of the civil rights movement. Discussion questions and supplemental materials facilitate further research into related topics such as the recent repeal of the Voting Rights Act by the U.S. Supreme Court, coalition building and activism in American history, and the role of the media in facilitating social and political change.

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