Freedom is Now:The History of Freedom Incorporated

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Freedom Is Now: The History of Freedom Incorporated, is the story about the oldest African American political organization in the country, however, there is very little known about their history.  In its infancy during the 1960s, Freedom had a reputation for shaking up the system, busting up white-controlled political machines in the black community and fighting for public accommodations.  At its height of power during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Freedom helped many African Americans get their first taste of politics.  Ambitious fledgling politicians benefited from the organization’s grassroots and street-level tactics in getting African-Americans involved in the political process.  This documentary will give viewers an understanding of the obstacles Freedom Incorporated faced to gain equal rights in Kansas City.

When viewers look at the Freedom Incorporated logo, it can best be understood with the knowledge that today’s African American ancestors believed that the freedom of slaves was measured by the length of their chain, Freedom Incorporated broke the chains.  Freedom Incorporated was founded by African American icons who sought political self determination for a black community that had increasingly become frustrated with the lack of civil rights and political irrelevancy.  Organized during the nationwide fight against legal segregation, Freedom Incorporated slowly but powerfully led black Kansas City in taking control of the 3rd ward, which is roughly today’s 3rd council district.

This film is about history, and history is to Kansas City what memory is to its viewers.

Freedom Incorporated gives hope to African Americans in Kansas City, by proving that equality can be gained through the Political system.

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