To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools (Hardcover)

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By William Sturkey (Editor), Jon N. Hale (Editor)
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Fifty years after Freedom Summer, "To Write in the Light of Freedom" offers a glimpse into the hearts of the African American youths who attended the Mississippi Freedom Schools in 1964. One of the most successful initiatives of Freedom Summer, more than forty Freedom Schools opened doors to thousands of young African American students. Here they learned civics, politics, and history, curriculum that helped them instead of the degrading lessons supporting segregation and Jim Crow and sanctioned by White Citizen's Councils. Young people enhanced their self-esteem and gained a new outlook on the future. And at more than a dozen of these schools, students wrote, edited, printed and published their own newspapers. For more than five decades, the Mississippi Freedom Schools have served as powerful models of educational activism. Yet, little has been published that documents black Mississippi youths responses to this profound experience.

About the Author

William Sturkey, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work has appeared in the "Journal of Mississippi History" and the "Journal of African American History".

Jon N. Hale, Charleston, South Carolina, is an assistant professor at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. His work has appeared in the "Journal of African American History", "History of Education Quarterly", "South Carolina Historical Magazine", and "Journal of Social Studies Research".
Product Details
ISBN: 9781628461886
ISBN-10: 1628461888
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication Date: February 16th, 2015
Pages: 220
Language: English
Series: Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies