Lasell Commemorates Freedom Summer Anniversary with Two Events

Lasell Commemorates Freedom Summer Anniversary with Two Events

August 18, 2014

Lasell College will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights movement with two programs this fall.

On September 20 from 3:30 - 6 pm in Yamawaki Auditorium, the College will host a viewing of the award-winning documentary Neshoba: The Price of Freedom and a discussion with filmmaker Micki Dickoff. The film tells the story of a town still divided 40 years after the 1964 murders of young civil rights workers John Cheney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

The film follows preacher Edgar Ray Killen, the mastermind behind the murders, as he finally goes to trial and speaks with the victims' family members.

Another event on October 6 from 3:30 - 5 pm at deWitt Hall will feature a talk by Clifton Reed, a former Tuskeegee air force pilot and educator, and Dr. David Trimble, a Freedom Summer participant and psychologist, about their experiences during that period in U.S. history.

The programs are co-sponsored by The Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, the Donahue Center for Values and Public Life, the Honors Program, the Humanities Department and Psychology Department.