Tag: Freedom Schools

Mississippi Winter 1964-65

(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 the …

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Mississippi 1964-65 Photos

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 at …

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Mississippi Newsletter February 19, 1965

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 very …

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Mississippi Newsletter February 18, 1965

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 them …

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Mississippi Newsletter January 10, 1965

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 Trinity, …

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Mississippi Newsletter December 25, 1964

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, Mississippi, …

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Mississippi Newsletter December 9, 1964

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 thereafter, …

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