50 years ago, in the summer of 1964, the Freedom Movement in America focused its energies on Mississippi. National civil rights organizations partnered on a Freedom Summer Project, working with local leadership to set up Freedom Schools and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Many of the leaders of that Freedom Summer were baptized in the Movement through the Freedom Rides of 1961. Coming out of Mississippi’s Parchman Prison, they knew that if America was to be born again, change would have to begin in Mississippi.
50 years later, young people in North Carolina who are hungry for justice and beloved community have declared another Freedom Summer Project for 2014. To learn from the wisdom of their elders and orient themselves to their work, they will travel with us on a 21st-Century Freedom Ride into the heart of Southern Freedom Movement history.
Elders for this year's ride include:
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Monday, May 12th
Durham, NC to Birmingham
“Ella Baker and the Student Movement: 1960-1963”
Tuesday, May 13th
Birmingham to Jackson
“Bob Moses and Organizing to Empower”
Wednesday, May 14th
“Fannie Lou Hamer and Local Leadership Development”
Thursday, May 15th
Jackson to Southwest Georgia
“Digging in for the Long Haul”
Friday, May 16th
Americus, GA to Durham, NC
“The Freedom Movement Today”
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