Registration is now open for the “Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now” event in Chicago! The event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic summer of 1964, often referenced as Freedom Summer.
Mississippi was the epicenter of the struggle for racial justice in 1964. It was a state in which an overwhelming majority of Black residents were barred from voting or holding office. It was the site where young Chicagoan Emmett Till had been murdered nearly a decade before and state NAACP leader Medgar Evers was yet another victim of vigilante violence. Black Mississippians had long endured and resisted the violence of the Jim Crow South.
The 50th anniversary of that historic summer offers an opportunity to examine how we collectively remember that historic moment and how it can serve as a catalyst for discussions of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called, ‘the fierce urgency of now.’
The 3-day conference invites activists, community leaders, students, scholars and artists to reflect on the legacy of Freedom Summer ’64. At the same time analysis, skills and strategy to further contemporary movement building for social justice will take place.
The event takes place from Wednesday May 28 through Friday May 30 at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Student Center West.
For more information and to register visit http://chicagofreedomsummer.org/registration.
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