Freedom Summer: A Community Film Screening
By Tanya Thompson ’13, graduate student, SUNY Empire State College
October 8, 2015
The SUNY Empire State College student groups, ESC Education for All and Minority Students in Action (MSiA), are hosting a screening of the documentary, Freedom Summer. The film looks at the historic “Freedom Summer” of 1964 when over 700 student activists traveled to Mississippi to register black voters in the then segregated state. “Voting in the African-American experience has always involved cycles of disenfranchisement,” MSiA president Layla Abdullah-Poulos told The Student Connection, “so it is especially important to have events like this to remind us of the perils our predecessors underwent to attain this civil right for all of us.”
ESC Education for All and Minority Students in Action will have members of the organization, Education from the Inside Out, as special guests during the screening. After the film, there will be a group discussion about the significance of voting for minorities and all Americans.
Freedom Summer will be shown at SUNY Empire State College’s Old Westbury location Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch will be served.
The Freedom Summer screening is funded by the Student Activity Fee.
For more information, email Tanya Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know
SUNY Empire State College will participate in “America’s Parade,” held annually in New York City on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11.