Press Release for Freedom Summer Episode of We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry

ROSEVILLE RESIDENT SHINES ON NEW PBS SERIES WITH ANN CURRY

Roseville author Sherie Labedis will be featured on the February 20th airing of Ann Curry’s popular and powerful PBS series “We’ll Meet Again.” The program aims to reunite people who met during momentous historical events and who then lost contact with one another.

The episode deals with the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, and draws on Labedis’s experiences as a volunteer seeking to register black voters in backwoods Pineville, South Carolina, in 1965. She told her story in the book, You Came Here to Die, Didn’t You: Registering Black Voters One Soul at a Time. The title was not a question.

The one I wanted most to see again is Lefty,” Labedis says. Louis “Lefty” Bryant was the young African American leading her group of volunteers. “One time,” she recalls, “I was driving our group’s rusty old station wagon when the KKK forced me off the road, which was terrifying enough. Then they dragged Lefty out of the passenger seat and beat him unconscious right in front of us. It was just horrible.” Despite angry resistance from local whites, the group ultimately registered 580 voters.

In her search for Lefty, Labedis traveled with Blink Video (London, England) back to Pineville, to Santa Barbara, and Berkeley. “It was an amazing experience,” she says. “I haven’t seen any preview of the episode and I just can’t wait to see it.”

Check your local PBS station for information about the initial airing on February 20th and possible additional airings. Enjoy watching these trailers:

http://www.pbs.org/video/freedom-summer-official-trailer-syulyd/

http://www.pbs.org/meet-again/episodes/freedom-summer/

Ms. Labedis, an inspiring speaker, is available for programs in the greater Sacramento area. Her book is in its third printing. For more information including links to her timely blog, visit: www.sherielabedis.com, email: sherie@surewest.net or call her at 916-774-6460

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