What is it? I've never heard of it.
IIRC (from the commercial) it is about pivotal people/moments in the 60s era equal rights movement.
It's about a very bad moment in US history that's well within living memory. Wikipedia has it covered here
Freedom Summer (also known as the Mississippi Summer Project) was a campaign in the United States launched in June 1964 to attempt to register as many African-American voters as possible in Mississippi, which had historically excluded most blacks from voting. The project also set up dozens of Freedom Schools, Freedom Houses, and community centers in small towns throughout Mississippi to aid the local black population.
The project was organized by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), a coalition of the Mississippi branches of the four major civil rights organizations (SNCC, CORE, NAACP and SCLC). Most of the impetus, leadership, and financing for the Summer Project came from the SNCC. Robert Parris Moses, SNCC field secretary and co-director of COFO, directed the summer project.
The problem wasn't one of those subtle "sense of discrimination" situations open to personal interpretation either. This was a blatant 'right out in the open with no apologies given' situation.
Freedom Summer was built on the years of earlier work by numerous African Americans who lived locally in Mississippi. In 1963, SNCC organized a mock "Freedom Vote" designed to demonstrate the will of Black Mississippians to vote, if not impeded by terror and intimidation. The Mississippi voting procedure at the time required Blacks to fill out a 21-question registration form and to answer, to the satisfaction of the white registrar, a question on interpretation of any one of 285 sections of the state constitution.
Lest it seem like any other social reform movement, this one was marked by a degree of violent pushback
that would be unbelievable to many people living today. Unlike many (but not every) protest from that period, Freedom Summer
had documented casualties - and
Some of the most flagrant abuses of government and police power shown during the Occupy Wall
Street protest would seem almost genteel
Bad old days those late 50s and early 60s.