American Experience

Freedom Summer

Season 26 Episode 6 | 1h 51m 46s

The story of 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, when more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined 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 viciously racist, segregated states.

Aired: 06/24/14

Expired: 06/25/17

Rating: NR

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For Season 26 of American Experience, exclusive corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, major funding by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS stations. Additional funding for Freedom Summer provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The Yawkey Foundations and The Documentary Investment Group: Robert & Marjie Kargman and The Brian A. McCarthy Foundation. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this film do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment For The Humanities.