This episode of "The American Experience" focuses on efforts in
Mississippi during 1964 to push for the registration of black voters.
Groups like the Citizens Council and ridiculously illegal behaviors
(such as publishing the names of those people registering to vote in
local newspapers--making repercussions for this very likely) worked
hard to keep the whites in control of the state and some white civil
rights workers and many blacks fought hard for equality. The results
were mixed. Many people were jailed, beaten and a few even murdered.
Yet, despite all this, good came of the movement and led to changes in
even the white-dominated Mississippi.
The episode was, as usual, extremely well constructed and very
effective in telling the story. The best part to me was listening to
Fanny Lou Hamer testifying. Hearing a simple sharecropper speak with
such power and eloquence was striking...as are all the folks who
sacrificed for this movement. Well worth seeing.
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