The Freedom Summer 1964 campaign was a courageous effort by young people from around the country who came to the South to fight for African American voting rights. On Saturday (March 15), the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer
will be commemorated with a full-day conference on the Tulane University uptown campus.
While efforts to encourage the acceptance of black voters in Mississippi spanned many years, Freedom Summer was the climax to some of the state’s most violent opposition to blacks in voting booths.
Freedom Summer Redux: 1964-2014 is being hosted by the Greater New Orleans Imagining America Consortium
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in room 207 of the Lavin–Bernick Center.
“The conference will foster dialogue and direct action around efforts currently under way in New Orleans at the cross-sections of environmental, educational and criminal justice reform,” says Nghana Lewis, an associate professor of English at Tulane and one of the event organizers.
Tulane sponsors include the Center for Public Service, the African and African Diaspora Studies Program and the Black Student Union. Xavier University sponsors include the Department of Communication Studies, Department of Art and Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The conference is free and open to the public. Call 504-782-6564 for more information.