Mississippi, America (1996)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Politics & Government, Social History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Sally Barber

The PBS produced Mississippi, America chronicles a significant chapter in the history of the nation's civil rights movement. Noted actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee narrate this account of the 1964 "Freedom Summer" voter-registration drives in Mississippi when a coalition of civil rights activists penetrated racial barriers to bring Mississippi's African-Americans to the voting booth. Historic footage and interviews with key figures of the movement including Bob Moses and Congressman John Lewis, recounts the life-threatening violence and struggles which changed Mississippi and the nation forever. The documentary concludes with a look at the state's contemporary crises of poverty and lack of educational opportunities.



Black [race], Civil-Rights, freedom, voting