UMass Boston Film Series: Freedom Summer

MFDP delegates and supporters stage demonstration on Atlantic City, NJ boardwalk. Credit: George Ballis/Take Stock
Credit: George Ballis/Take Stock
Event Date: April 24, 2014 - 7 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: UMass Boston Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom
Event Cost: Free

Independent Film Festival Boston returns to UMass Boston in 2014 with a Boston Premiere. 

In 1964, despite the best efforts of local civil rights activists, Mississippi remained virulently committed to segregation, underscored by the systematic exclusion of African Americans from the political process. In response, Robert Moses of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee developed a campaign to bring a thousand volunteers—primarily enthusiastic young white supporters—to the state to encourage voter registration, provide much-needed education, and convene a more representative delegation to attend the Democratic National Convention. In Freedom Summer, veteran director Stanley Nelson captures the volatile months of that summer through remarkable period footage and the firsthand testimonies of volunteers who were transformed by their time in Mississippi.


A 6:30 p.m. reception will be followed by opening remarks by UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley. The 7 p.m. screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Stanley Nelson, Professor of Africana Studies Robert Johnson, Jr., Associate Professor of Political Science Erin O'Brien, and Senior Research Fellow Lisa Rochester.

School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
The William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture
Political Science Department
Africana Studies Department
College of Public and Community Service
Honors College
American Studies Department

For more information about this film and the other films in the UMass Boston Film Series, call 617.230.7846 or email

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.