S4 E7: Freedom Summer

April 1, 2020

In the summer of 1964, about a thousand young Americans, black and white, came together in Mississippi to place themselves in the path of white supremacist power and violence. They issued a bold pro-democracy challenge to the nation and the Democratic Party.

Produced by John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with John Lewis, Bob Moses, Unita Blackwell, Hollis Watkins, Dorie Ladner, and many others.

The series editor is Loretta Williams. Freedom song recordings courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways. Other music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. 

Photo: A Freedom Summer worker in Mississippi, 1964. Photo by Steve Schapiro.  

This episode was adapted from the 1994 documentary Oh Freedom Over Me, produced by John Biewen with consulting producer Kate Cavett. It was a Minnesota Public Radio production from American Public Media.

Download a transcript of the episode.

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3 comments on “S4 E7: Freedom Summer

  1. Terry White Apr 1, 2020

    Thank you for these seasons. They make this Southern girl really think about what happened here and how evil politics here were, and unfortunately, still are in much of the south. We all must fight for true equity for all.

  2. Allison Apr 14, 2020

    These podcasts have been so wonderful. I have learned so much. I found this after listening to the 1619 podcasts and was looking for more. Thank you for the work you do and the knowledgeable experts you interview.

  3. Angela Sep 11, 2020

    This episode freezes up around timestamp 32:00. I cannot listen to the rest.