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