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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.

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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.

Mississippi Freedom Summer 50^th  Anniversary Conference
P.O. Box 20770
Jackson, MS 39289
(601) 977-7914 office
(601) 977-6148 fax

www.freedom50.org
 

Planning Committee

Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference Organized by:
Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc., Mississippi State Chapter, NAACP, and Tougaloo College

National Chairman
Mr. Hollis Watkins

Co-Chairs
Mr. Derrick Johnson
Mr. Henry "Hank" Thomas

Honorary Co-Chairs
Attorney Rita Schwerner Bender
Mr. Ben Chaney
Congressman James Clyburn
Mr. Dave Dennis
Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman
Mr. David Goodman
Dr. Beverly Hogan
Congressman John Lewis
Dr. Robert "Bob" Moses
Congressman Bennie Thompson

Youth Congress Co-Chairs
Dr. Daphne Chamberlain
Ms. Crystal Mattison
Mr. Albert Sykes

Event Director
Ms. Cynthia Goodloe Palmer

Committee Members
Rev. Rims Barber, Rev. Willie Blue, Mr. Owen Brooks, Atty. Taurean Buchanan, Mr. C.O. Chinn, Mr. Charlie Cobb, Mr. Mac Arthur Cotton, Mr. Courtland Cox, Mrs. Lisa Deer, Ms. Noel Didla, Mr. Frank Figgers, Mr. Danny Glover, Mr. Jessie Harris, Ms. Jan Hillegas, Atty. Timothy Jenkins, Mr. D'Quincy Johnson, Mrs. Frankye Adams Johnson, Mr. CJ Jones, Mr. Roscoe Jones, Ms. Margaret Kibbee, Rev. Ed King, Ms. Dorie Ladner, Ms. Nsombi Lambright, Ms. Marilyn Lowen, Mr. Charles McLaurin, Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, Mr. Keith McMillian, Mr. Dick Molpus, Rev. Julia Chaney Moss, Mr. Jed Oppenheim, Mr. George "Chuck" Patterson, Mr. Larry Rubin, Dr. Ollye Shirley, Ms. Cynthia Dorsey Smith, Dr. Frank Smith, Dr. Robert "Bob" Smith, Dr. Delores Bolden Stamps, Mr. Bobby Talbert, Ms. Harriet Tanzman, Ms. Brenda Travis,  Rev. Annie Travis, Atty. Ashley Wicks, Ms. Flonzie Brown Wright, Mr. Lew Zuchman