Segments in this Video

Introduction: Freedom Summer (02:57)


Fatima Cortez-Todd searches for a young Southern girl who protected and inspired her. Sherie Labedis wants to find a friend who was beaten unconscious during the civil rights movement in Alabama. The U.S. Constitution vows that all men are created equal. (Credits)

Civil Rights Movement (02:33)

Cortez-Todd describes participating in "The March on Washington." African Americans were actively prevented from voting in southern states.

Stationed in Lettsworth (03:23)

Cortez-Todd describes how Thelma Caulfield served as an ambassador to the African American community and protected her home dressed in a nightgown. Cortez-Todd wants to thank the family.

Civil Rights Protest Marches (04:06)

Lyndon Johnson pushed through the Voting Rights Bill after "Bloody Sunday" erupted. Students at the University of Berkeley held daily protests. Labedis signed up for a summer community project organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Voter Registration Drives (03:38)

African Americans were only allowed to register 12 times a year. Fear of retribution ran rampant in Pineville, South Carolina; Louis "Lefty" Bryant arrived to mobilize the population. Labedis wants to find the activist to thank him for his contributions to the civil rights movement.

Congress of Racial Equality Training (03:36)

See footage of Ronnie Moore training volunteers in participating in the civil rights movement. Cortez-Todd describes how the Ku Klux Klan was so widespread throughout the South.

Intimidation and Attacks (03:34)

Cortez-Todd describes hostilities she endured while volunteering. Moore recommends that Cortez-Todd return to Lettsworth, Louisiana. The landscape looks vastly different than it did 50 years earlier.

Searching for Bryant (05:30)

Robert Gadsden describes how he felt Bryant was trying to challenge the South using non-violent direct action. Labedis recalls an angry mob attacking Bryant after the organization protested at a local restaurant that enforced segregation.

Expert in Civil Rights (03:24)

Jon Hale locates Bryant's name in the "News and Courier"; Bryant sued the YMCA for racial discrimination in 1969. Labedis discovers that in 1970 Bryant was implicated in an arson attack in California.

Dead End (04:07)

An archivist does not find a record of Caulfield in the Social Security Death Index, but finds an obituary for her sibling. Cortez-Todd meets with Willis Caulfield and expresses how much she admired his sister. Huey Caulfield reveals that Caulfield married and provides a phone number.

Finding a Lead (04:34)

Pat Jamison expresses that Bryant was still in custody when the bank burned. Labedis calls his partner in Ventura and discovers that he died in 2008 after a heart attack.

Reuniting with Caulfield (04:25)

Cortez-Todd is unsure what she will say but plans on hugging Caulfield. Cortez-Todd shares mementos of her time in Lettsworth and describes how much she admired Caulfield. Caulfield is married and devoted to her church.

Meeting Bryant's Daughters (06:48)

Labedis shares how Bryant empowered activists in Pineville. His daughters say their father changed his name and left home after a bomb threat at an S.C.L.C. meeting.

Credits: Freedom Summer (00:27)

Credits: Freedom Summer

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Freedom Summer

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Join Ann Curry for dramatic reunions between people who met fighting for the Civil Rights Movement. Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL191972

Copyright date: ©2018

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