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Mississippi, America

Author: Michael StarrRobert GerigJudith McCrayOssie DavisRuby DeeAll authors
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va. : PBS] ; [Carbondale, Ill.] : The Dept., ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Video : Videocassette : U-matic   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" ... 'Mississippi, America' uses archival footage and on-camera interviews to reveal a little known, but important chapter in the history of civil rights in the United States. In 1964, scores of America's attorneys with the National Lawyers Guild and other legal organizations volunteered to assist blacks in Mississippi in their battle for the right to vote. It is a story of the struggle for social equality and
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Genre/Form: Documentaries and factual films and video
Television
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Starr; Robert Gerig; Judith McCray; Ossie Davis; Ruby Dee; Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Department of Radio-Television,; WSIU 8 (Television station : Carbondale, Ill.),; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); Peabody Collection. African-American History and Culture Programs.; Peabody Collection. Women's History and Culture Programs.
OCLC Number: 41616964
Notes: Title supplied from video. Credits supplied from video and 1996 Peabody Awards entry form.
Entry to the 1996 Peabody Awards, Documentary category.
Running time: 55:45.
Copyright: "c1995 Judith McCray"--End credits.
Credits: Associate producers, Dorrie A. Tennebaum, Gary Wolf; director of photography, Emmett E. Wilson; edited by Michael J. DeLazzer; original music composition, Eric Arunas; sound recording, John Philbin, Bryan Piepenburg, Daniel M. Welsh.
Performer(s): Narrated by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. [With:] Rev. George Johnson; Ben Chaney; Frank Parker; Aaron Henry; Bob Moses; Henry Kirksey; Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia); George Crockett; Ernest Goodman; William Kunstler; Mrs. Aurelia Young; Michael Starr; Lawrence Guyot; Rita Schwerner Bender; Sam Bailey; Hollis Watkins; Alan Lerner; Judge Claudia House Morcom; Rep. Bernie Thompson (D-Mississippi); Constance Slaughter-Harvey.
Event notes: Original date of broadcast: February 13, 1996.
Description: 1 videocassette of 1 (U-matic) (56 min.) : sd., color with black and white sequences ; 3/4 in. arch master.
Contents: Mississippi Summer, 1964 --
The Attorneys --
The Crusaders --
The Strategy --
The Legacy --
The Unfinished agenda.
Responsibility: a Southern Illinois University at Carbondale [Department of Radio-Television] documentary production ; [WSIU-TV ; PBS] ; executive producers, Michael Starr, Robert Gerig ; written, directed & produced by Judith McCray.

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" ... 'Mississippi, America' uses archival footage and on-camera interviews to reveal a little known, but important chapter in the history of civil rights in the United States. In 1964, scores of America's attorneys with the National Lawyers Guild and other legal organizations volunteered to assist blacks in Mississippi in their battle for the right to vote. It is a story of the struggle for social equality and political representation that is still being waged today in Mississippi--and America ... [It] reflects an important benchmark in U.S. history and on-going aspects of institutionalized racism.

"Additionally, it showcases the origins of civil rights law and a legal activism that galvanized many of the nation's attorneys, spurred to protect the Constitutional rights of all Americans."--Excerpts from 1996 Peabody Awards entry form. Also includes photographs and news clips of various politicians and civil rights activists. In particular, the murder of James Chaney, Mickey Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman is discussed.

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