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To Write in the Light of Freedom
The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools

Edited by William Sturkey
and Jon N. Hale

232 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 25 b&w illustrations, index

978-1-62846-188-6 Printed casebinding $40.00S

978-1-4968-0965-0 Paper $25.00T

Printed casebinding, $40.00

Paper, $25.00

A COLLECTION AND EXAMINATION OF THE CREATIVE LITERARY WORK OF FREEDOM SCHOOL STUDENTS DISCOVERING PATHWAYS TO RACIAL JUSTICE

More than 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. 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. Little has been published that documents black Mississippi youths' responses to this profound experience until now.

WILLIAM STURKEY, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina. 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. 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.

232 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 25 b&w illustrations, index