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Revisiting Freedom Summer '64

Morgan Fellows Present 'Letters Home From Freedom Summer'

 

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – July 7, 2010 – Further exploring the legacy of Freedom Summer 1964, the Morgan Fellows at Antioch College are pleased to present “Letters Home From Freedom Summer: Young Activists Confront Racism in America,” a public reading at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 15, in Herndon Gallery of a selection of moving letters written by some of the students who participated in the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project.

Local high school and college-age youths will read from the personal accounts of some of the 1,000 students, mostly under the direction of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, who faced beatings, harassment, jail and assassination as they organized voter registration drives and Freedom Schools in segregated Mississippi.

“Letters Home From Freedom Summer” is presented in conjunction with “Oh Freedom Over Me,” a multimedia traveling exhibition from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University which records scenes from Freedom Summer of 1964 when activists inspired the nation through their bold challenge of the entrenched racism of the state of Mississippi.

The exhibit, which runs through September 30 at Antioch College’s Herndon Gallery, features dramatic photographs by members of the Southern Documentary Project, video news footage, documentary audio and music from the civil rights movement.

Contact Jean Gregorek at 937-286-5934 or jgregorek@antiochcollege.org

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