Neshoba: The Price of Freedom (Film with Panel)
Feb 16, 2017
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
|Where||Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art|
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Neshoba: The Price of Freedom (Film with Panel) with commentary and moderation by Cynthia Young (Associate Professor and Head of African American Studies) and Joshua Inwood (Associate Professor of Geography and Senior Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute).
In 1964, a mob of Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers in the small Mississippi county of Neshoba - the infamous "Missisippi Burning" murders. The young men, two Jews from New York and an African-American from Mississippi, were in the Deep South helping to register African-American voters during what came to be known as Freedom Summer. Although the killers bragged about what they did, it took the state of Mississippi 40 years to indict the mastermind, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old Baptist preacher and notorious racist. Neshoba: The Price of Freedom tells the story of these three American heroes and the long struggle to bring their killers to justice in a place still dealing with the legacy of a violent and racist past.