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Mr. _________, ________, ________, ladies and gentlemen:<br />
The March on Washington, this year, was one of the first times in history that America has shown that all faiths, all races, labour, government workers and Americans of all professions and convictions could and would unite [typo] to carry forth a cause that they believe in.  Before this, we have only seen such a show of strength and unity in times of war; but now, Americans are uniting in times of peace.  Americans are demonstrating that they believe in democracy, that it is not a word to be used for propaganda, or something to fight for when our lives are threatened, but that [typo] democracy [typo] will be the American way of life.<br />
The Fellowship Commission, and groups like it, who have paved the way for [typo] last years March are now entering a new era.  As some people have pointed out, the Supreme Court decision did not integrate the schools, but freed the civil rights groups to [typo] begin integrating the schools.  And so, if the Civil Rights Bill is passed, we will be free to begin integration on a nation-wide basis.<br />
	This is the beginning of the third decade after [typo]the original March on Washington; the second half-century of American Labour and the second century after the Emancipation Proclamation.  In the first half of this century there were many marches proposed and carried out, to bring the unemployed to Washington, to bring our [typo] plight to the Federal Government.  Most of these have been forgotten, except by the few who participated in them.
Text of speech written by Sheila Michaels for John Lewis to deliver to the Fellowship Commission in 1964.

A black woman wearing shorts and a print blouse stands in front of the Mrs. Victoria Jackson Gray Campaign Headquarters in Hattiesburg, Mississippi during Freedom Summer 1964
Black and white photograph of Mrs. Victoria Jackson Gray Campaign Headquarters during Freedom Summer in Hattiesburg, MS 1964

Brochure Cover<br />
Black youth with sweat on his face looks toward camera wide eyed with his mouth open.  Below the text reads "Mississippi Summer Project"
Trifold brochure for Mississippi Summer Project also know as Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964

Brochure Front Cover.  At the top is a graphic of the State of Mississippi with marked areas separating designating areas of the entire state by sections one through five.  To the right of the graphic, the text reads "Council of Federated Organizations".   Below that is a photograph of a black man in an agricultural field wearing a straw hat and a work shirt.  He has a cigarette in his mouth and looks thoughtfully at the camera.  Below him, the text reads, "MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM SUMMER"
Brochure for Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 explaining programs and activities.
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