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: McComb, MS 50th anniversary commemoration

June 5-9 / OXFORD, JACKSON, state civil rights tour: University students from throughout Mississippi gather as the Collegiate Council for Civil Rights Commemoration (CCCRC) for a civil rights tour of Mississippi combined with community service projects.

June 8-28 / JACKSON: 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 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 www.amstconference2014.com.

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 15-21 / 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 20 / JACKSON: University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Marston Symposium on race and health care

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

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

June 22 / JACKSON: 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 23-25 / MERIDIAN: National Freedom School

June 25-29 / JACKSON: 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 www.msfreedomsummer50th.com

June 25-29 / JACKSON: 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 / SUNFLOWER COUNTY: Sunflower County 50th anniversary commemoration

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

June / ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY: Freedom School

June / MCCOMB: Teaching for Change summer institute

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.

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