“Freedom Song” screens at 723

The film, Freedom Song, starring Danny Glover and Vicellous Reon Shannon, screens this Wednesday (July 20th) at the Longmont Progressive Center, 723 Main Street at 6:30 PM.

Freedom Song is a microcosm of the Civil Rights Movement, a stirring chronicle of unsung small-town citizens. The TNT original movie is based on accounts of actual members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

The story is seen through the eyes of teenage Owen Walker who grows up in bigotry-laden Mississippi in the 1960s at a time when Jim Crow black segregation laws were legal. Owen joins SNCC as they struggle to reeducate black citizens and gain basic human rights, predominately the right to vote.

Longmont’s Strider Bensten will lead a discussion of the movie. Bensten was a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. His personal experiences in the fight for racial equality will stun and amaze.

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