Finding Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative: Struggle, Institution Building, and Power at the Local Level

Our summer institute seeks a marriage of the different narratives of the Civil Rights Movement by bringing the Mississippi and the national stories together. Specifically, we will explore in great depth the struggle for freedom in Mississippi while comparing it to significant events in other parts of the American South, allowing us to address the power of the older national narrative and the newer one based on community struggle. By the end of the institute, which coincides with the weeklong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, we will have placed the local within the national narrative, providing new analytical tools for understanding the transformative impact of the Civil Rights Movement. At the close of the program, there will be a Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference in Jackson. For additional information check out the website at

Contact: Keith L. McMillian, (601) 979-1563,

Dates: June 8-28

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Fee: No fee

Location: New Student Ballrooms A and B / and Hamer Institute @ COFO Civil Rights Education Center, 1017 J.R. Lynch St.

Application dates: Present-March 4

Participants: Open to college and university faculty and graduate students (up to 25 participants)

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