It’s Great When Your College Professor Can Still Teach You Something 22 Years After You’ve Graduated.
On the edge of my seat tonight learning about what was known as “Freedom Summer,” an effort to secure voter registration for residents in the state of Mississippi.
Honestly, before watching two interviews about a new documentary on Freedom Summer that premieres tomorrow night, I knew little about this milestone in American history.
And, I’m especially proud that my Media Production Professor from Howard University, Stanley Nelson directed the project.
It’s been nearly a quarter century since I sat in Professor Nelson’s class learning the right way to tell a story with moving images.
Now Professor Nelson’s at it again–teaching– this time his pupils are the millions who will be watching what is destined to be an award-winning documentary.
Between now and next Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of the President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I expect I will be learning a lot of American history, the portion that often is relegated to the month of February for so-called “Black History Month.”
What we’re hearing this week is about the history of all Americans who were involved in ensuring that everyone has equal rights to public accommodations and in the case of Freedom Summer, is able to cast a vote and participate in the political process.
Looking forward to the Premiere of Freedom Summer tomorrow night on PBS’ American Experience.
Hats off to Professor Nelson and the documentary filmmakers at Firelight Media who tell stories about people, places and cultures that are underrepresented in the mainstream media.