American Experience

Charles McLaurin - "The Foot Soldier"

Clip: Season 26 Episode 6 | 7m 48s Video has closed captioning.

In the summer of 1964, Charles McLaurin led a group of Freedom Summer volunteers in an effort to register voters in rural Mississippi. In 2014, he journeyed back to the small towns he worked in that summer, recounting how infiltrating the small town of Drew, Mississippi landed him and others in a small country jail and the ways in which Fannie Lou Hamer inspired the volunteers.

Aired: 06/24/14

Rating: NR

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