Tag: Freedom Schools

Sep 16

Mississippi Winter 1964-65

[Translate] (Continued from Cuba 1963) In the summer of 1964 the civil rights movement launched a major campaign, Freedom Summer, to bring voter registration and other basic civil rights to the Deep South, centering on Mississippi.  Viki and I spent the summer in New York, working. I had a summer job with a branch of …

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Sep 15

Mississippi 1964-65 Photos

[Translate] These are snapshots I took in the winter of 1964-65 in some of our Jackson Mississippi Freedom School sessions, at churches and in our 852 Short Street library, and a few portraits of some of our “regulars” in nearby settings.  The class leader and storyteller is Viki Ortiz. [embpicasa id=”5652773885165276929″] This was the house …

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Sep 15

Mississippi Newsletter February 19, 1965

[Translate] 1208 Trinity Jackson, Miss Feb. 19, 1965 Dear Friends, We enclose this time a flyer which we wrote for distribution to Jackson students, but which we thought you would find interesting.  Last Tuesday we travelled to Issaquena county to get first-hand information — the press has blacked it out completely — and came away …

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Sep 15

Mississippi Newsletter February 18, 1965

[Translate] 852 Short Street Jackson, Mississippi February 18, 1965 No FREEDOM in SCHOOL! Here is the story that no Mississippi newspaper dares to print: More than a thousand students in Issaquena and Sharkey counties have refused to go back to school because the principal, following the orders of an all-white school board, has not permitted …

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Sep 15

Mississippi Newsletter January 10, 1965

[Translate] January 10, 1965 Dear friends: We went into the center of town the other day with Mrs Bell, our landlady:  tax paying time had rolled around again, and we drove her to City Hall and then to the County Court House.  Both coming and going our ride was uneventful; upon our arrival at 1208 …

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Sep 15

Mississippi Newsletter December 25, 1964

[Translate] Jackson, Mississippi December 25, 1964 Today is the birthday of the King of Kings. We celebrated it among the “people that walk in darkness, who have seen a great light: they that dwell in the valley of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” In the church-burning capital of the world, …

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Sep 15

Mississippi Newsletter December 9, 1964

[Translate] December 9, 1964 Things have been happening at last.  Two weeks ago the State COFO coordinator and Jackson office manager, Jesse Morris, called a meeting to reorganize the office and to tackle the problems of the city.  At that meeting, the Jackson Project was formally re-launched and assigned the former book-warehouse as headquarters. Immediately …

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