Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students
2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Summer. The Blair Caldwell Library will host an exhibit centered around the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project, curated by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Freedom Summer was a nonviolent effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi's segregated political system during 1964. Planning began late in 1963 when the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) decided to recruit several hundred northern college students, mostly white, to work in Mississippi during the summer. They helped African-American residents try to register to vote, establish a new political party, and learn about history and politics in newly-formed Freedom Schools. Stop by and learn more about the sacrifice and bravery of the protesters involved.
For more information about the exhibit please visit their website http://fsxbt.tumblr.com/.
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