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MISSISSIPPI SUMMER *Emmy Award Winner
In the summer of 1964, hundreds of northern white and black students traveled to Mississippi to help blacks register to vote. The summer touched off a ground swell of marches and demonstrations that gave birth to the Civil Rights Movement. This Emmy-winning documentary shows some of the events leading up to that summer - the 1954 Supreme Court ruling on the integration of public schools; President Eisenhower’s use of troops to enforce that ruling; passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957; the effort to keep James Meredith out of the University of Mississippi; the assassination of Medgar Evers; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and the discovery of the bodies of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman. The program combines documentary footage and interviews with some of the participants.