The Catholic University of America

Saturday, February 1

Freedom Summer

2:00 PM
National Museum of American History


From director Stanley Nelson, Freedom Summer recounts the 1964 efforts to ensure voting rights and improve education for blacks in Mississippi. In the summer of 1964, more than 700 students descended on violent, segregated Mississippi. Defying authorities, they registered voters, created freedom schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Fifty years later, eyewitness accounts and never-before-seen archival material tell their story.

A discussion with Freedom Summer veterans follows. This documentary film has been selected for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.


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Thursday, February 27

A Tribute to Madiba


7:00 PM
Pryz Great Room B


Black Student Alliance hosts “A Tribute to Madiba.” Members of BSA will begin the program with the Black National Anthem, poetry and a dance. They will then introduce Nii Akuetteh, founder of the Democracy & Conflict Research Institute, who will lead a discussion of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Join the rest of the CUA community to discuss Mandela’s leadership, extraordinary humanitarian contributions, and the lessons we can learn from his actions and indomitable spirit. A Q&A and reception will accompany Mr. Akuetteh’s talk. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela