Join the Living Legacy Project and the UU College of Social Justice
in commemorating Freedom Summer!
July 5-12, 2014
Join this trip to learn from veterans of Freedom Summer, and experience the role that both faith and music play in sustaining people in the struggle for justice. Participants will deepen their understanding of and competence in a multi-cultural world, and study the links between Civil Rights history and today’s struggle against voter suppression, in additioing to learning how to be effective, inspired workers for justice wherever they live.
The Mississippi Summer Project of 1964, popularly called Freedom Summer, was an ambitious effort to take a quantum leap forward in civil rights work in Mississippi. Scores of civil rights workers and thousands of local citizens had been working for years to challenge Mississippi’s hardcore segregation, but with little effective protection from unjust arrests, arson, beatings, and even murder. COFO, the Council of Federated Organizations, was comprised of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the NAACP. It hoped that with the Summer Project bringing in hundreds of volunteers, mostly white college students, to work on Freedom Schools, voter registration, and other organizing projects that repression and violence would either decrease or at least be acknowledged. It was a community organizing effort that is still changing America.
From July 5-12, 2014, the Living Legacy Project and the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice will host a multigenerational journey into Mississippi fifty years after Freedom Summer.
This multigenerational trip is designed to give people of all ages (14 and older) an experience not to be forgotten as you explore together the genesis and the impact of the Mississippi Summer Project, referred to as Freedom Summer.
We especially encourage grandparents to invite your grandchildren to learn along with you. What better way to explore the younger generation to the lessons and inspiration of the Civil Rights Movement!
Watch Freedom Summer from Eyes on the Prize:
The Living Legacy Project is in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice to offer Civil Rights Journeys, specially tailored for young people ages 15-20.