50th Anniversary Of Freedom Summer

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Join Us June 25-29, 2014 for the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer 50th is a five-day convening to learn from the past, evaluate our present, and strategize for the future. The international conference and youth congress will be held June 25th – 29th, 2014 in Jackson, Mississippi on the campus of Tougaloo College. Work sessions will examine each issue area and explore its context in the present-day struggle for justice not only in Mississippi, but globally.

In the summer of 1964, hundreds of summer volunteers from across America convened in Mississippi to put an end to the system of rigid segregation. The civil rights workers and the summer volunteers successfully challenged the denial by the state of Mississippi to keep Blacks from voting, getting a decent education, and holding elected offices.

As a result of the Freedom Summer of 1964, some of the barriers to voting have been eliminated and Mississippi has close to 1000 Black state and local elected officials. In fact, Mississippi has more Black elected officials than any other state in the union. While the Freedom Summer of ’64 made profound changes in the state of Mississippi and the country, much remains to be accomplished.

The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference will convene in Jackson, Mississippi both to recognize the accomplishments of those who worked for changes to the politically segregated Mississippi and to discuss how to continue the struggle toward Mississippi reaching its full potential for all of its citizens.

JOIN US JUNE 25-29, 2014 FOR THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF FREEDOM SUMMER

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Freedom Summer 50th is a five-day convening to learn from the past, evaluate our present, and strategize for the future. The international conference and youth congress will be held June 25th – 29th, 2014 in Jackson, Mississippi on the campus of Tougaloo College. Work sessions will examine each issue area and explore its context in the present-day struggle for justice not only in Mississippi, but globally.

Intergenerational work sessions and conference features include:

  • Freedom Summer: Its Historical Importance
  • Freedom Summer 1964 – 2014
  • Voting Rights
  • Education
  • Health
  • Workers’ Rights
  • Youth Congress

Regular Registration: May 1, 2014 through June 16, 2014 (EXCLUDES ALL MEALS) On-Site Food Court will be available. Excludes Legacy Banquet.

In the summer of 1964, hundreds of civil rights workers and summer volunteers from across America convened in Mississippi to put an end to the system of rigid segregation.  The civil rights workers and the summer volunteers successfully challenged the denial by the state of Mississippi to keep Blacks from voting, getting a decent education, and holding elected offices.

As a result of the Freedom Summer of 1964, some of the barriers to voting have been eliminated and Mississippi has close to 1000 Black state and local elected officials.  In fact, Mississippi has more Black elected officials than any other state in the union.  While the Freedom Summer of  1964 made profound changes in the state of Mississippi and the country, much remains to be accomplished.

Therefore, the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference will convene in Jackson, Mississippi;  both to recognize the accomplishments of those who worked for changes to politically segregated Mississippi and to discuss how to continue to move Mississippi towards reaching its full potential for all of its citizens.

To view, donate, and purchase tickets online, select either the DONATE or  REGISTER NOW! button below; then choose to “Participate as an Individual” or “Create a Group”.

To purchase tickets via mail, please CLICK HERE to download the registration form.

  • DHFabian

    Count me out. I will wait four years in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign. I do not stand up for the better off alone, those who are able to work and who still have jobs. The US shipped out a huge chunk of our working class jobs since the 1980s, then wiped out poverty relief in the 1990s, and this generation has been content to simply discard our surplus population (those who are not of current use to employers/the corporate state). By doing so, they implicitly maintain their support of a deeply damaged hyper-capitalist system.America has a poverty crisis that can’t be addressed with just another decade of calls for job creation.

  • kevinzeese

    People are in poverty now — how can anyone wait four years! Poverty and homelessness are important aspects of the movement for social, economic and environmental justice, rather than constantly criticizing it, join it!

  • Kevin, we have no options yet. People aren’t just in poverty — we have a poverty crisis. Democrats and liberal media of this generation have embraced the corporate philosophy. Even the “left” so strongly believes in the superiority of the corporate state that they think everyone is able to work, and there are jobs for all who need one, therefore no need for poverty relief.