You might not have time today between barbecues and fireworks, but I recommend that you find some soon to check out the important and moving new film Freedom Summer (you can watch it for free here). If we’re going to celebrate our country, the most inspiring stories I can look to are those of people who struggle to make this country live up to its promise. The bravery and dedication of the Freedom Summer organizers helping to register voters in Mississippi in 1964 is awe-inspiring.
It’s especially important to revisit this history as we face a full-on attack on voting rights today. We’re still a long way from the US as portrayed in rousing Independence Day rhetoric, but today is a great day to honor those who are taking us closer step by step.