Council of Federated Organizations Mississippi Freedom Summer Brochure

Title

Council of Federated Organizations Mississippi Freedom Summer Brochure

Subject

Civil rights, Civil rights movements--Mississippi, Community and school

Description

Brochure for Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 explaining programs and activities.

Source

Sheila Michaels Collection, M373, Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

Date

Circa 1964

Rights

Copyright not evaluated

Format

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Language

En

Type

Text

Original Format

Paper Brochure with photos, text and graphics

Files

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"
Inside left page of Mississippi Freedom Summer brochure.<br />
Text Reads "Freedom Schools"<br />
Below text a graphic of a schoolhouse with bell.  The door is open and the word "FREEDOM" is printed above it.<br />
Text below reads:<br />
"FREEDOM SCHOOLS will be during the summer.  They are schools where high school students will be able to talk about things they can't talk about in regular school. They will learn about civil rights.<br />
<br />
There will be classes for students who:<br />
1.  have trouble with their lessons in regular school and want to do better,<br />
<br />
2.  like to read and want to learn more than they are taught in regular school.<br />
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There will be singing, dancing, sports, hikes and many other things for all students.<br />
<br />
Some of the FREEDOM SCHOOLS will be for people who spend 6 weeks away from home to live at them.<br />
<br />
ALL OF THE FREEDOM SCHOOLS WILL BE FREE."<br />
<br />
Inside right page of Mississippi Freedom Summer brochure<br />
Text reads:<br />
<br />
"What You Can Do:<br />
This is your FREEDOM SUMMER.  It will not work without your help.<br />
COFO is asking you to:<br />
-provide housing for the people who are coming to work here.<br />
-look for buildings which can be used for Freedom Schools and Community Centers.<br />
-get names of students who want to go to Freedom Schools.<br />
-let us know when you have meetings or arrange meetings so we can come answer questions about the FREEDOM SUMMER.<br />
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Many people are coming her to work during our FREEDOM SUMMER.  They want to learn about Mississippi.  They feel that the problems here are the problems of people all over the country.  Most of them will be college students, both Negro and white.<br />
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COFO is your organization.  The things it is trying to do should be done by the state.  The people who have been elected to run the state say that they do not have to do things for Negroes.<br />
<br />
IT IS THE FAULT OF THE STATE that<br />
you cannot:<br />
-find work<br />
-read and write<br />
-send your children to better schools.<br />
<br />
If you work with COFO you will be working to get yourself the better conditions you deserve."

Citation

“Council of Federated Organizations Mississippi Freedom Summer Brochure,” Online Exhibits at Southern Miss, accessed May 25, 2024, https://usmspecialcollections.omeka.net/items/show/472.

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