We Who Believe in Freedom the exhibit update via Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi.
Freedom Summer 55
Freedom Summer, also known as the Mississippi Summer Project, was a 1964 voter registration drive sponsored by several civil rights organizations. Aimed at increasing black voter registration in Mississippi, the Freedom Summer workers included black Mississippians and hundreds of out-of-state, volunteers. Two one-week orientation sessions for the volunteers were held during the summer of 1964 in Oxford, Ohio, on the campus of then-Western College for Women (now part of Miami University). In addition to African-American Mississippians, more than 1,000 out-of-state, and mostly white, volunteers were constantly harassed and abused by the state’s white population. The Ku Klux Klan, as well as police, state and local officials, were behind many of the violent attacks, including arson, assaults, false arrest and the murder of three Civil Rights activists — Michael Schwerner, 24, James Chaney, 21, and Andrew Goodman, 20.
I am honored to present an exhibition, We Who Believe In Freedom: Narratives of Survival and Victory, in honor of the 55th anniversary of Freedom Summer. Please join me for the opening reception on April 5th at 6:00PM at the National Freedom Center Museum located at 50 East Freedom Way, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A hardcover companion book will be released in April 2019 on Amazon.
Quilt: Strong, Gifted and Black by Carolyn Crump (Houston, TX).