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Posted on: May 30, 2014

Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference

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Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference

May 8, 2014 – Jackson, MS - The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc. (VMCRM), along with Mississippi State Conference NAACP, Tougaloo College, One Voice, and SNCC Legacy Project are partnering to host a campaign entitled Freedom 50 to commemorate the months of 1964 that changed America and impacted the world. The Freedom 50 campaign will ignite a call to action on the same issues for which earlier volunteers advocated during Freedom Summer, including voting rights, quality public education for all children, workers’ rights, and access to affordable healthcare. The highlight of the campaign will be a weeklong international conference June 25-29, 2014 at Tougaloo College to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. It will feature work sessions that examine each of the aforementioned human rights issues and explore its context in the present-day struggle for justice not only in Mississippi, but globally. Other advocacy issues include climate justice, criminal justice, and LGBTQ rights.

Freedom 50 will also feature a screening of the Stanley Nelson film, FREEDOM SUMMER, as part of the Conference’s Film Festival as well as other cultural activities including exhibits, oral histories, receptions, and the culminating “Legacy and Recognition Banquet.” In addition, young participants will have the opportunity to receive training on community organizing and building successful and progressive political campaigns during the Freedom Summer 50th Youth Congress, the largest convening of youth activists in Mississippi since the original Freedom Summer in 1964, which will begin on Monday, June 23rd.

Click here to learn more about Freedom 50!
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