50 years have passed since Freedom Summer, when more than 700 local organizers and students took segregated Mississippi by storm, registering voters, and creating freedom schools. Freedom Summer put a national spotlight on the violent voter suppression facing Black Americans in the deep south and ultimately led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Half a century later, voting rights are under attack again.
That’s why Working Films, the NC NAACP, Democracy NC, and many allies are bringing screenings of Freedom Summer to cities across North Carolina this month as part of the Moral Movies film series.
With the dismantling of voting rights in North Carolina, the themes in this film resonate all too well. After the screenings representatives from Democracy NC will draw the connection between the fight to end voter suppression on screen and the struggle playing out right here and now in North Carolina. If you’re in Wilmington, Durham, Raleigh, Greenville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Fayetteville, or Asheville come join to find out what is being done to defend voting rights and how you can get involved! If you know people in these locations, spread the word! Dates and Locations for all screenings below.
Winston Salem: Monday, June 16th, 6pm
The Central Library Auditorium, 660 West Fifth St. Winston Salem, NC 27101
Greensboro: Tuesday, June 24th, 6:30pm
International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 134 S Elm St. Greensboro, NC 27401
Greenville: Tuesday June 24th, 7pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 131 Oakmont Dr. Greenville, NC 27858
Raleigh: Tuesday, June 24th, 7pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave. Raleigh, NC 27607
Wilmington: Tuesday, June 24th, 7pm
New Beginning Christian Church, 3120 Alex Trask Dr. Castle Hayne, NC 28429
Fayetteville: Thursday June 26th, 6pm
The North Regional Library-855 McArthur Road, Fayetteville, NC 28311-2053
Asheville: Thursday June 26th, 7pm
Jubilee! 46 Wall St. Asheville, NC 28801
Charlotte: Thursday June 26th, 7pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte 234 N Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
Durham: Thursday June 26th, 7pm
Hayti Heritage Center 804 Old Fayetteville St. Durham, NC 27701