Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics


Freedom Summer Panel Discussion

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American Politics | Journalism Studies


Panel to mark the 50th anniversary of the dramatic events of "Freedom Summer" in Mississippi. The "Freedom Summer" campaign mobilized several hundred students on college campuses across the nation in 1964 to come to Mississippi to work in the cause of civil rights. The volunteers lived in the homes of black Mississippians and were involved in voter registration and educational programs -- projects that enraged most members of the state's white political leadership at the time. Roy DeBerry, who was a young activist in Holly Springs that summer who helped show the volunteers the dangerous "lay of the land" in his area. DeBerry is now involved with the Hill Country Project, collecting interviews with people who helped integrate schools during the civil rights movement. Susan Glisson, executive director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at Ole Miss. Glisson helped organize the "Philadelphia Coalition," a group of Mississippians primarily based in Neshoba County who led a local effort to prosecute and convict those responsible for the murders. Charles K. Ross, director of African-American Studies and an associate professor of history at Ole Miss, who will provide an historical perspective -- a half-century after "Freedom Summer." The program is moderated by Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie, who covered "Freedom Summer" in the Mississippi Delta as a young journalist at the Clarksdale Press Register.

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