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Freedom Summer: Activating & Mobilizing Communities Then & Now

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231 Holliday Street

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An intimate cross-generational conversation with civil rights leaders and organizers around activism and mobilizing communities, as considered through the lens of the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project and illustrated by excerpts of the award-winning documentary Freedom Summer.

The discussion will be led by Eddie Conway, former member of the Black Panther party, TRNN Executive Producer, and host of “Rattling the Bars.” Conway will be joined by: Charlie Cobb, journalist and former activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi who was one of the movement’s leaders and is featured in the film; and Cristina Duncan Evans, founder of the Baltimore Movement of Rank and File Educators and lead organizer for Baltimore's first Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools.


Freedom Summer Documentary Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gYKcZCWv-w

Crack Mississippi and you've cracked the South -- that was the strategy employed by civil rights leaders and students who were registering Black voters in thate segregationist state in 1964. Freedom Summer, or the Mississippi Summer Project, was a volunteer campaign launched in June of that year to attempt to register as many African-American voters as possible in Mississippi. The project also set up dozens of Freedom Schools, Freedom Houses, and community centers in small towns throughout Mississippi to aid the local black populaion.


This event is part of the Raising Voices Event Series produced by The Real News Network in partnership with the Bertha Foundation. The series is designed to educate, empower and activate the community through a variety of programming.


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About Charlie Cobb

Former Mississippi Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) field secretary and author Charles Cobb Jr. is a board member of the SNCC Legacy Project. He is on the editorial board of the SNCC- Duke University collaboration, a digital gateway into SNCC and its work available at http://snccdigital.org/.

Cobb has worked for NPR, Frontline, and was the first black staff writer for National Geographic magazine. He helped found AllAfrica,com-- the largest online internet site providing news from and about Africa. He is also a co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). He is the author of several books including This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get you Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible.


About Cristina Duncan Evans

Cristina Duncan Evans is a teacher and librarian for Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) and a founder of the Baltimore Movement of Rank and File Educators, a social justice caucus of the Baltimore Teachers Union. In the 12 years that she has worked for BCPS, Duncan Evans has served in a number of leadership roles. She was also the lead organizer for Baltimore's first Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools.


Doors will open at 5:30PM the event the program will start promptly at 6:00PM and will be recorded streamed live on TheRealNews.com and The Reale News Facebook Page

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