Film, Video We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi

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Title
We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi
Summary
As an illustrator and journalist, Tracy Sugarman covered the nearly one thousand student volunteers who traveled to the Mississippi Delta to assist black citizens in the South in registering to vote. Two white students and one black student were slain in the struggle, many were beaten and hundreds arrested, and churches and homes were burned to the ground by the opponents of equality. Yet the example of Freedom Summer resonated across the nation. The U.S. Congress was finally moved to pass the civil rights legislation that enfranchised millions of black Americans. Blending oral history with memoir, "We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns" chronicles the sacrifices, tragedies and triumphs of that unprecedented moment in American history.
Event Date
May 05, 2009
Notes
-  Tracy Sugarman is a nationally recognized illustrator whose art has appeared in magazines and books, and has been featured on PBS, ABC, NBC and CBS. His collection of art from World War II has been acquired by the Veterans History Project, a program of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. He is the author of "Stranger at the Gates: A Summer in Mississippi," "My War: A Love Story in Letters and Drawings" and "Drawing Conclusions: An Artist Discovers His America."
Related Resources
American Folklife Center: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/
Running Time
54 minutes, 48 seconds
Language
English
Online Format
video
online text

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