Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Calendar

Spring/Summer 2014 Commemorative Events

February-May (first Tuesdays) / HATTIESBURG, MS:  Freedom Summer Dialogues, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Hattiesburg Cultural Center, 723 Main Street. For more information, visit their website.

March 7–August 15 / JACKSON, MS,  Mississippi Museum of Art: This Light of Ours:  Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement. For more information, visit their website.

March 7-May 18 / JACKSON, MS,  Mississippi Museum of Art:  The Slave Series: Quilts by Gwendolyn A. Magee. For more information, visit their website.

March – November / TRAVELING EXHIBIT, Wisconsin Historical Society: “Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students,” scheduled for 19 locations around the country this year. Click here for an article about the exhibit. For more information on dates and locations, visit their website.

May 30-31 / MCCOMB, MS: McComb, MS 50th anniversary commemoration. For more information, contact Brenda Travis at

June 2 / JACKSON, MS:  12 noon–1 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum, Medger Wiley Evers Lecture Series. Director of the Freedom Summer Project and Algebra Project founder Dr. Robert Moses will open the exhibit “Stand Up!”: Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964 with a discussion of this pivotal time in the Civil Rights Movement. This program was partially underwritten by the Mississippi Humanities Council with an award from the Cora Norman Lecture Fund. For more information call 601-576-6850.

June 2 – October 31 / JACKSON, MS:  “Stand Up!”: Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964 exhibit, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building.  Drawing on photographs, artifacts, documents, and film footage from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) collection, the exhibit will examine the people, places, and events of the Mississippi Summer Project, its challenges and its successes. For more information, call 601-576-6850.

June 8-28 / JACKSON, MS: The 2014 Institute for College and University Teachers, hosted by the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute at Jackson State University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit their website.

June 9 – August 28 / MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC BROADCASTING: MPB commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer with a series of 53 public service announcements (PSAs) airing June 9 through August 28 on MPB TV. The PSAs will air daily on MPB TV through August 28 and posted online at See this document for more information.

June 10-12 / WALTHAM, MA: “Blacks, Jew, and Social Justice in America” AMST Conference 2014 hosted by the American Studies Program at Brandeis University. For more information, visit

June 14 / MCCOMB, MS: Bobby Talbert 10th Annual Reunion Picnic. For the past 10 years Bobby Talbert has opened up his manor on the 2nd Saturday in June to freedom riders, SNCC workers, and locals. His Annual Reunion Picnic is always filled with inspiring stories, good songs & music, great food, games, and priceless memorabilia from the civil rights area. This year’s reunion picnic promises to be filled with more stories of our past to inspire our future. Don’t miss this year’s picnic on June 14th beginning at 12p.m. 1075 Oakdale Rd. McComb, MS

June 14-August 31 / JACKSON, MS,  Mississippi Museum of ArtNorman Rockwell: Murder in Mississippi .
On June 21, 1964, civil rights activists Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney were brutally murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi.  Several months later, LOOK Magazine commissioned an investigative article about the incident entitled “Southern Justice,” and painter Norman Rockwell was asked to provide an illustration for the magazine’s cover.  Over the course of five weeks, Rockwell intensively studied the circumstances of the murders, made many preliminary drawings, photographs, a preparatory oil sketch, and the finished painting entitled Murder in Mississippi.  This exhibition presents the iconic masterpiece in the context of many related works and thus illuminates the artist’s creative process. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students (includes admission to This Light of Ours:  Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement). FREE Children 5 and under. FREE Museum members.

June 15 / MT. ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Philadelphia, MS: Sunday, June 15, at 3:00 p.m., the historic church will hold a special service to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. In June 1964, a tragic chain of events visited Mississippi; Mt. Zion, which was burned down, was in many ways the epicenter of it all. Click here for a press release with details of the event.  A live stream of the service, viewable from computers, smart TVs (via YouTube), and mobile devices, will be available at this URL:

June 15-21 / NESHOBA COUNTY, MS: A week of commemorative events including civil rights tours, a Youth Day, a film screening, a program honoring local heroes, oral histories, and a unity program.  For more information, visit their website.

June 16-25 / MCCOMB, MS: Freedom School at Higgins Middle School Building, 1000 Elmwood Street, McComb, MS.

June 17-28 / MERIDIAN, MS: Events include a Civil Rights Trail unveiling, commemoration, photography exhibit, worship service, “Freedom Summer” film screening, book discussions, and library events. On June 25, the “Freedom Summer: Honoring the Legacy & Pursuing Greatness” event features speaker Marion Wright Edelman and Freedom Summer workers. For more information, see this website.

June 19-21 / HATTIESBURG, MS: Freedom Summer 1964 50th Anniversary Conference and other commemorative events. For more information, visit this site.

June 20 / JACKSON, MS: University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Marston Symposium on race and health care

June 21 / MCCOMB, MS: Juneteenth/Freedom Summer Commemoration. For over a decade Ms. Casin’s Black History Gallery has held its annual Juneteenth celebration on the 3rd Saturday in June. This year the Black History Gallery has teamed with YPP of McComb Youth Organizers to honor and share the historical lessons of Juneteenth and Freedom Summer. The program will consist of speakers, spoken word, songs, workshops, and end with a potluck lunch of the best southern dishes. Locals, be sure to bring your favorite dish. 11 a.m. at McComb Black History Gallery 819 Wall St., McComb, MS.

June 21-23 / NEW ORLEANS, LA: Freedom Summer and Beyond: A Commemoration, organized by the Louisiana CORE Legacy Committee. Click here for more information.

June 22 / JACKSON, MS: Mississippi Art Museum. Deborah Solomon, New-York based art critic and author of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, speaks on the subject of “Freedom in Mississippi, as Norman Rockwell Saw It.” Visit the website for more information.

June 22-24 / PANOLA COUNTY, MS: Reunion of Panola County Freedom Summer veterans, including Readers Theatre community theater in Sardis, documentary films, events at the Como Library, and tours.

June 25-29 / JACKSON, MS: The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference hosted by the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi State Conference of NAACP. For more information, visit

June 25-29 / JACKSON, MS: The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement are also hosting a Youth and Young Adult Congress, training and gaining resources in three track areas: Youth Organizing, Community Organizing, and Building Political Power. More info is at their website.

June 26-28 / JACKSON, MS: Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) is organizing a special program for Jewish activists who played a role in the Movement and contemporary Jewish activists who want to make a difference in the ongoing work of civil rights. This program is planned to complement the main workshops at the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference. For a detailed schedule, see this PDF document or visit their website.

June 26-28 / SUNFLOWER COUNTY, MS: Sunflower County 50th anniversary commemoration

June 28-29 / MERIDIAN, MS: Meridian, MS 50th anniversary commemoration

June 29-30 / MCCOMB, MS: 50th Anniversary Freedom Summer Memorial Service & Celebration and Intergenerational Dialogue. The Brenda Travis Historical Education Foundation celebrates its 1st year in McComb by hosting Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Memorial Service and Intergenerational Dialogue. The Service & Dialogue will feature speeches from Civil Rights Veterans and host families while focusing on the current and future generations of Freedom Workers. The Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 29th @ 2p.m. Society Hill Missionary Baptist Church 4098 Hwy 51, McComb, MS and the Intergenerational Dialogue will be held on Monday, June 30th 10a.m. 415 McComb St, McComb, MS.


June / MCCOMB, MS: Teaching for Change summer institute

July 14-18 / CLARKSDALE, MS: Coahoma County Higher Education Center offers classes on the history of Freedom Summer. CEU’s are available to teachers. Click here for more information.

August 21 / MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC BROADCASTING: MPB will culminate its Freedom Summer commemoration with the original documentary “1964: The Fight for a Right,” airing at 7 p.m. on MPB TV. See this PDF for more information.

October 12-14 / OXFORD, OHIO: 50 Years After Freedom Summer: Understanding the Past, Building the Future national conference, Miami University. For more information, visit their website.

October 19-21 / STARKVILLE, MS: Remembering Freedom Summer conference, Mississippi State University. For more information, visit their website.

Additional information will be added as we receive it. Please email us if you’d like to add an event to this calendar.

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