Documenting Conscience

Freedom Summer (also known to as the Mississippi Summer Project) was a campaign launched in June 1964 to register previously unregistered African-American voters in Mississippi. In what would become a significant turning point in the U.S. civil rights movement, hundreds of volunteers from across the country traveled to Mississippi to join this ambitious movement.

The campaign met with strong opposition from the very beginning. Workers were continually harassed and beaten as they attempted to deliver voter registration materials and mobilize local support. By the time the 10-week effort concluded, four murders and dozens of other violent acts had been committed against workers and community activists. Though the campaign failed to register a large amount of new voters, it had a monumental impact on the nation’s social conscience.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the UIAA proudly presents David McCartney, UI archivist and member of the Historical Iowa Civil Rights Network, who will discuss the actions under way to safeguard the memory of Iowans who participated in this historical effort. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

Deadline to register is noon on Wednesday, Oct. 16. To register today, click here.

Documenting Conscience: Preserving the Stories of Iowa Civil Rights Workers

When: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Melrose Meadows, 350 Dublin Drive, Iowa City

Cost: Free and open to the public

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