Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Aug. 6, 1964: Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Convention
By | August 6, 2014

Today marks the anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party State Convention with 2,500 people at the Masonic Temple in Jackson, Mississippi.
Historian and SNCC adviser Howard Zinn described the state convention in SNCC: The New Abolitionists:
It was a beautifully-organized, crowded, singing assembly of laborers, farmers, housewives, from …
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Sharecroppers Challenge U.S. Apartheid: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
By | August 16, 2014

Teaching Activity. By Julian Hipkins III, Deborah Menkart, Sara Evers, and Jenice View.
Role play on the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) that introduces students to a vital example of small “d” democracy in action. For grades 7+.

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‘Is This America?’: 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation
By | February 17, 2015

Article. By Julian Hipkins III and Deborah Menkart. 2014. If We Knew Our History Series.
At the 1964 Democratic National convention, former sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party made a dramatic challenge to the all-white delegation. Their actions rocked the political landscape.

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I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle
By | August 25, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Charles M. Payne. 1995. 506 pages.
The people’s history of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

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Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC
By | September 29, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy M. Zellner. 2010. 616 pages.
An unprecedented women’s history of the Civil Rights Movement, from sit-ins to Black Power.

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Lessons from Freedom Summer: Ordinary People Building Extraordinary Movements
By | July 31, 2007

Teaching Guide. Edited by Kathy Emery, Linda Reid Gold and Sylvia Braselmann. Foreword by Howard Zinn. 2008. 456 pages.
Readings and lessons on the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project.

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Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers and Freedom School Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer
By | July 26, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez. Introduction by Julian Bond. 2007. 400 pages.
Letters and poetry from Civil Rights Movement volunteers in the summer of 1964.

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This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
By | April 14, 2014

Book – Non-fiction. By Kay Mills. 2007. 390 pages.
First-hand accounts of Fannie Lou Hamer’s emergence as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

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Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
By | July 15, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By John Dittmer. 1995. 560 pages.
A detailed, grassroots description of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

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SNCC: The New Abolitionists (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

SNCC: The New Abolitionists
By | March 9, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 1964; re-published in 2013. 246 pages.
A detailed history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

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This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible
By | September 19, 2014

Book – Non-fiction. By Charles E. Cobb Jr. 2015. 328 pages.
Cobb Jr. describes the vital role that armed self-defense played in the survival and liberation of black communities in America during the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s.

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Baker, Ella Josephine
By | December 12, 2011

Profile.
Brief biography of Ella Josephine Baker, 1903–1986, activist and civil rights organizer.

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Freedom Summer 1964
By | February 23, 2014

Profile.
Prospectus for summer initiative to register African American voters in Mississippi.

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Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1985
By | October 20, 2004

Film. Produced by Henry Hampton. Blackside. 1987. 360 min.
Comprehensive documentary history of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Freedom on My Mind
By | January 7, 2013

Film. Directed Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford. Written by Michael Chandler. 1994. 110 min.
The story of the Mississippi freedom movement in the early 1960s.

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Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer
By | August 1, 2014

Film. Written, produced, and directed by Stanley Nelson. 2014. 120 minutes.
Documentary about 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi.

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Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders
By | March 25, 2004

Film. By Joan Sadoff, Robert Sadoff, and Laura Lipson. 2002. 60 minutes.
Documentary film on women in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

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Civil Rights Movement Veterans
By | November 21, 2001

Website.
Resources on the Southern Freedom Movement compiled by those who lived it. Includes a bibliography, timelines, photos, primary source documents, and lists of speakers.

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Freedom Summer 1964 Collection
By | May 10, 2013

Website.
Extensive collection on the Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964.

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