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Freedom Summer: Celebration of the Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss.–Mississippi was at the epicenter of the Civil Rights struggle in the 1960s and perhaps the most intense year of that struggle was 1964. That’s when students from the northern states came to Mississippi to help register African-Americans to vote in a Jim Crowe system of segregation, where blacks had been disenfranchised for decades.

And, it got some of them killed.

Now 50 years have passed and legal segregation is gone. But, some believe Mississippi still has frontiers to break.

Tougaloo College is now the epicenter of a celebration of the anniversary of Freedom Summer and of a conference where the Civil Rights struggles of yesterday and today will be discussed. The school is inviting you to the conference. June 23 to 29.

Education, voting rights, worker’s rights and health will be subjects of discussion by guest speakers like Bob Moses, Rep. Bennie Thompson, Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Hollis Watkins, and Danny Glover.

The Youth Congress will receive community organizing and political strategy training at the conference, according to a news release.

Glover has recently visited Mississippi as part of an effort to unionize Nissan workers at the Canton plant.

There’s more about the events at www.freedom50.org .

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