Firelight Media Acquires Photos and Film for “Freedom Summer” (1964)
The Harvey Richards Media Archive has supplied Firelight Media with film and still photo images for their forthcoming production for PBS American Experience series program Freedom Summer, the 1964 voter registration drive led by the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In 1964, students and activists from all over the country went into the deep South, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and other states, to help SNCC register African American residents to vote. This campaign is famous today for the profound impact it had in breaking southern segregation and helping pass the Civil Rights Act of 1965 that outlawed segregation. Harvey Richards made two films in Mississippi in collaboration with Amzie Moore, an NAACP leader in Cleveland, Mississippi. Amzie Moore was the initial contact in Mississippi for Bob Moses who brought the SNCC voter registration campaign into the state. Harvey Richards’ films are We’ll Never Turn Back (also released as Freedom Bound) and Dream Deferred, all available as DVDs from Estuary Press. You can also view many of Harvey Richards’ still images taken during these filming trips to Mississippi in 1963 and 1964on the Harvey Richards Media Archive web site.