American Experience

Julius Lester - "The Folk Singer"

Clip: Season 26 Episode 6 | 7m 32s

Julius Lester was teaching guitar and performing as a folk singer in New York City when he decided to go to Mississippi during Freedom Summer. Lester tells of his role in energizing the people gathered at those meetings and setting the stage for the organizers who called the crowds to action. He also reflects on the ever-present danger for participants in Freedom Summer.

Aired: 06/24/14

Rating: NR

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