HRC Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer

Post submitted by Ryan Rowe, HRC Senior Field Organizer


Freedom Summer is a notable moment in American history when hundreds of people from across the country traveled to Mississippi to challenge repeated and vicious attempts to keep African-Americans from voting and even holding office.

In North Carolina and Mississippi, HRC is supporting efforts to commemorate the historic and brave sacrifices made in 1964 to ensure African-Americans participate in our democracy.

In North Carolina, HRC will make a significant investment to mobilize its membership, support field organizing and train voter registration organizers.

The centerpiece of this summer-long effort is a deep organizing campaign that is placing 50 highly-trained Moral Freedom Summer organizers across the state to coordinate long-term, voter empowerment and to support indigenously-led work, with voter registration being a key part of the campaign.

HRC Senior Regional Field Organizer Ryan Rowe, who worked alongside the NAACP in North Carolina during the campaign against Amendment One, is coordinating HRC's activities in North Carolina. In addition to helping train the Moral Freedom Summer organizers, he is helping coordinate HRC's North Carolina members and supporters' participation in Moral Freedom Summer voter registration activities.

In Mississippi, Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc. are organizing Freedom Summer events. HRC is a sponsor of the Freedom Summer Opening Reception on June 24 at the Bennie G. Thompson Center at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi.  HRC staff will participate in a Youth Congress Workshop, "To Be Young, Gifted and a Black and Queer Feminist," and present on a health panel that will discuss how corporations are marketing to African American youth.  These activities are part of HRC's Project One America.

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