Freedom Summer Project – those who braved Mississippi burning (a reprise)

Keith has reprised one of his old posts, one that resonates today as much as at any other time. As we wind down Black History Month, this is an important lesson for us to remember. Thanks, Keith!


The following post is a reprise of one I wrote in the summer of 2014. I felt the story needed a new telling during Black History Month.

Fifty years ago this summer, over 700 students from across the country, joined in the Civil Rights battle in Mississippi, where African-Americans had been demonstratively and, at times, violently denied their basic civil rights, especially the right to vote. These students joined together with the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNNC) under the guidance of Bob Moses, who had been slowly organizing SNNC since 1960. These students, were predominantly white, but included all races and ethnic groups.

The fact that many were white helped bring further attention to the ongoing tragedy going on Mississippi, perpetuated by those in power as the young students lived within the African-American community, taught through Freedom Schools young students about African-American history, literature and rights, items that had been…

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8 thoughts on “Freedom Summer Project – those who braved Mississippi burning (a reprise)

    • You are so right … what we really need is for people to put aside their prejudices and understand that a person’s skin colour, ethnicity, religion, gender … those do not make the person more or less. What defines a person is what they do in life, not how they look! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr. I saw your comment on Keith’s post and followed your link, but … I’m not proficient in German, so tomorrow when I have a bit of time, I will pop it into Google translate!

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