The year 2014 will inspire celebration and reflection as the nation recognizes the 50th year of the Mississippi Summer Project. In 1964, participants gathered at Western College for Women (now part of Miami University) to train before working in Mississippi. Miami University will host a reunion of leaders and volunteers who participated in these historic events and a national conference of scholars and activists. Linking the past to current student activism, we will explore the continual significance of Freedom Summer as a model for change, progress and uplift. 

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Deep gratitude to all — conference presenters, attendees and organizers — for your participation in the “50 YEARS AFTER FREEDOM SUMMER.”
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50 Years After Freedom Summer: Understanding the Past,
Building the Future is dedicated to the memory of

Dr. Vincent Harding

Vincent-Harding-150x150Historian, social activist, writer, co-chair of Veterans of Hope Project, professor of religion and social transformation at Illiff School of Theology in Denver, and friend and confidante of Dr. Martin Luther King.

The Conference Committee joins Marian Wright Edelman,
president of the Children’s Defense Fund, in paying tribute to Dr. Harding,
who had been scheduled to attend the conference.