2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer 1964, when hundreds of northern college students, most of them white, joined with local African Americans in communities across Mississippi to register voters, conduct Freedom Schools and promote civil rights.

As a result of Freedom Summer, some of the barriers to voting have been eliminated and Mississippi now has nearly 1,000 Black state and local elected officials. In fact, Mississippi has more Black elected officials than any other state in the union. While the Freedom Summer of ’64 made profound changes in the state of Mississippi and the country, much remains to be accomplished.

The Mississippi Humanities Council has awarded grants to support several public programs commemorating the sacrifices and the accomplishments of those civil rights workers, and exploring the social and political changes their efforts put into motion. Please visit our calendar page for details about upcoming programs supported with our grants.

Posted on June 04 2014