Freedom Summer and Ferguson, MO: A Special Presentation


On December 5, 2014, New American NYC, in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, held a special event on Freedom Summer and Ferguson, MO. The announcement explained:

Today, fifty years later, with the Voting Rights Act under siege, daily reports of police brutality and racial inequality seen in all realms of American life, we take a look back at the struggles for civil rights and social justice and look at the barriers that still endure.

They began by showing clips of the film Freedom Summer side-by-side with videos from Ferguson, MO.

This was followed by a conversation with Stanley Nelson, film director; Khalil Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Dorie Ladner, SNCC veteran from Hattiesburg,Miss.; and Arlie Schardt, former TIME correspondent.

Here is a short clip of Ladner describing her response to the long trajectory of oppression.

Here is the full program, including the clips from the film Freedom Summer and the scenes from Ferguson.

The photos are by Sade Joseph and the video clips by Tatiana McCabe, Gregory Maher, and Mike Pagano. The photos and videos clips were made available by New America NYC.