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The 50th Anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer

  • Tougaloo College 500 W County Line Rd Jackson, MS, 39174 United States (map)

Tougaloo College, Jackson, Mississippi

Monday, June 23 - Sunday, June 29, 2014

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In the summer of 1964, hundreds of summer volunteers from across America convened in Mississippi to put an end to the system of rigid segregation. The civil rights workers and the summer volunteers successfully challenged the denial by the state of Mississippi to keep Blacks from voting, getting a decent education, and holding elected offices.

As a result of the Freedom Summer of 1964, some of the barriers to voting have been eliminated and Mississippi has close to 1000 Black state and local elected officials. In fact, Mississippi has more Black elected officials than any other state in the union. While the Freedom Summer of ’64 made profound changes in the state of Mississippi and the country, much remains to be accomplished.

The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference will convene in Jackson, Mississippi both to recognize the accomplishments of those who worked for changes to the politically segregated Mississippi and to discuss how to continue the struggle toward Mississippi reaching its full potential for all of its citizens.

Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc.
Freedom Summer 50th
P. O. Box 20770, Jackson, MS 39289

Administrative Offices Located on the Historic Campus of Tougaloo College, One Jackson Place, 500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo, MS 39174

Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc., Freedom Summer 50th is a 501c(3) non-profit organization

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