Freedom 55 Film Series: Standing on My Sisterâ€™s Shoulders at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center - Attractions
Freedom 55 Film Series: Standing on My Sister's Shoulders
Join National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for film screening Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders.
This award-winning documentary tells the compelling story of the Mississippi Civil Rights movement from the perspective of the remarkable and courageous women who helped change the course of history. The documentary features such SHEroes as Unita Blackwell, a sharecropper turned activist, who became Mississippi’s first female black mayor; Mae Bertha Carter, a mother of 13, whose children became the first to integrate the Drew County schools against dangerous opposition; white student activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland who not only participated in sit-ins but took a stand on integration by attending an all-black university; Annie Devine and Victoria Gray Adams, who, along with Fannie Lou Hamer, stepped up and challenged the Democratic Party and President Johnson at the 1964 Convention.
The Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders screening is a continuation of the of the Freedom 55 programming series that includes panel discussions, book signings, film screenings, musical performances and more, commemorating the 55th anniversary of Freedom Summer.
Freedom Summer was a 1964 voter registration drive, also known as the Mississippi Summer project. The goal was to end the prevailing discriminatory and segregated voting system through increased voter registration of African Americans. In preparation, hundreds of student volunteers gathered for two, one-week orientation sessions from June 14 to June 27, 1964 at Western College for Women (present day Miami University) in Oxford, OH.
This film screening is free with general admission and open to the public.