Special screening of new documentary, “Freedom Summer”

6/19/2014, 6 a.m.

The Mayor’s Office of Art, Tourism, and Special Events will present with collaborators WGBH and the Strand Theatre a preview of Stanley Nelson’s newest film, “Freedom Summer,” about the student demonstration against white supremacists in 1964, Mississippi.

“I’m pleased that WGBH has joined the Strand Theatre in featuring such a critical point in our nation’s civil rights history,” said Mayor Walsh in a statement announcing the special event. “This event will facilitate insightful discussions about these lessons in equality, recognizing how far we have come, and yet how much work we still have ahead.”

After the screening, Callie Crossley of WGBH will host a panel discussion consisting of filmmaker Nelson and his co-directors Bob Moses and Dave Dennis, both of whom were active in the civil rights actions featured in the movie.

PBS has a link to the movie on their website, which gives more information about the history of “Freedom Summer.” The screening will take place at the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner on June 23, from 6:30 p.m. until 8: p.m. Admission is free, but those wishing to attend must RSVP with the Strand Theatre.