48 Freedom Summer volunteers to reunite in Oxford 50 years later

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More Freedom Summer Anniversary Events

Oct. 10, 6-9 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center: Artists reception for exhibition openings, Elise McWilliams and the Talawanda High School student group exhibit “Freedom Summer” and Larry Winston Collins’ “Sculptures Past & Present” 
Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., Hall Auditorium: “People Get Ready – Meditations on Freedom Summer,” directed by musicologist Tammy Kernodle and theatre professor Paul Jackson; with the Jazz and Wind Ensembles and others (free but tickets required, available at box office) 
Oct. 23, 4:30-6 p.m., Armstrong Student Center, Pavilion C: “Telling Stories,” lecture with Alex Blumberg, producer of NPR’s “This American Life”  

Written by Margo Kissell, university news and communications, kisselm@miamioh.edu
Forty-eight Freedom Summer volunteers will reunite in Oxford next week, 50 years after they went through training to register black voters in Mississippi and set up Freedom Schools and community centers.
Miami University will host the reunion and national conference, “50 Years After Freedom Summer: Understanding the Past, Building the Future,” Oct. 11-14.

Herbert Randall’s photograph, “Entrance of Western College for Women, Oxford, Ohio, June 21-27, 1964,” from his art museum exhibition.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Summer Project, which later became known as Freedom Summer. An estimated 800 volunteers, many of them college students, went through training at the Western College for Women, which is now part of Miami’s Western campus.
Three civil rights activists — Michael Schwerner, 24, James Chaney, 21, and Andrew Goodman, 20 — were murdered in Mississippi after leaving Oxford.
The reunion and conference also will feature scholars, activists, students and others exploring the continued significance of Freedom Summer.
On Saturday, Oct. 11, the returning Freedom Summer volunteers will visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, where they will see a short play created by Miami theatre students. Cincinnati high school students who are docents at the Freedom Center will perform the play depicting the 1964 Freedom Summer training in Oxford.
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