Essay on Mississippi's "Freedom Summer"

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Although I wasn’t in Mississippi during the ‘Freedom Summer’, I had a solid understanding of how life was during the ‘Freedom Summer’. This was years of racism and segregation towards the blacks in the US during the Civil Rights Movement. My aspect type was racism, and I learned of its impact on life through our analysis in the class of The Color Purple (1982) by Alice Walker, an epistolary novel about the lives of black people in rural dominated white racist Georgia during the 1920’s-50’s. Furthermore, we discussed Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Speech in class, and how Mandela fought for Independence from the white racist government. With extra research of the Freedom Summer project launched by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
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Our student committee is dedicated to achieving their goals using non-violence. Even though, we face serious violence, from the police and others in Mississippi my passion for the cause drove me to join. What happened in the 1962 elections should never be repeated. Imagine, only 6.7% of eligible black voters registered, the lowest in the whole country!
In orientation, we were taught (with a guest appearance of Robert Parris Moses, the director of the project!) of opening Freedom Houses, Freedom Schools and community centers throughout Mississippi. Here, African Americans realize their history and constitutional rights. Nevertheless the most valuable thing we teach is black voting rights. Believe me, being dedicated to nonviolence in the midst of violence is a passionate commitment.
Our goal is to help out in the freedom school in Mount Zion Methodist Church in Longdale. With a lot of courage and inspiration, I couldn’t wait. However, when I reached the church, I entered a comprehensive state of shock; I couldn’t believe my eyes. The freedom school was burned down. As a devoted Christian, I couldn’t believe that someone would burn down a church, the place of God! I stood there
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