‘Freedom Summer’ described

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center continues its schedule for the 2016-2017 season of Second Saturdays- Journeys into Local History speakers’ series.

Michael Edmonds, Director of Programming and Outreach for the Wisconsin Historical Society, will present Risking Everything, the Freedom Summer of 1964.

This presentation takes place at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan and begins at 9:30 a.m.

A Freedom Summer Reader documents the 1964 Freedom Summer project, when SNCC and CORE workers and volunteers went to Mississippi to challenge segregation. They attempted to register voters, teach in Freedom Schools, and establish a new political party. More than 60,000 black Mississippians risked everything to join them.

You'll witness the final hours of three workers murdered on the project's first day, hear testimony by black residents who bravely stood up to police torture and Klan firebombs, and watch the liberal establishment betray them at the Democratic National Convention.

These vivid primary sources, collected by the Wisconsin Historical Society, provide both firsthand accounts of this astounding grassroots struggle as well as a broader understanding of the civil rights movement.

All presentations are open to the public. No reservations necessary. Conversation is encouraged. For further details, please contact the Research Center at 920-467-4667.

This series is made possible by funding from the John and Hilda Holden Memorial Fund and Wisconsin Humanities Council.

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