Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONDuring the Summer of 1964, student activist from across the country visited Mississippi in a campaign to register as many African Americans as possible to vote. Prior to this summer, African Americans had been excluded from exercising this American right.

Activists set up voter registration sites and Freedom Schools to accommodate the lack of adequate books for African American schools. Activists also engaged in marches in protest against the denial of suffrage and other civil rights to African Americans.

To commemorate the courageous actions of those students, the University of Southern Mississippi hosted a 50th year celebration conference to remember and honor the actions of those activists during the “Freedom Summer” of 1964.

The Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity and the USM Center for Community and Civic Engagement partnered to host a housing project in the Palmers Crossing area of Hattiesburg — a historically African American area of Hattiesburg that hosted activists and voter registration drives during the summer of 1964. In this album Southern Miss students who served in a project to build a ramp and stairs for a house in the area.

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