JUNE 21, 2010 -- The Morgan Fellows at Antioch College are pleased to present "Oh Freedom Over Me" through September 30 in the Herndon Gallery, South Hall, at the college in Yellow Springs.
This multimedia traveling exhibition of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University marks the 40th anniversary of Freedom Summer 1964 and chronicles the struggle for the passage of the Voting Rights Act in the United States.
The exhibit features photographs by members of the Southern Documentary Project, video news footage, documentary audio, the acclaimed documentary Freedom on my Mind and music from the civil rights movement. A series of civil rights-themed films will be screened throughout the exhibit schedule.
In conjunction with "Oh Freedom Over Me," the Morgan Fellows will also present "Letters Home From Freedom Summer: Young Activists Confront Racism in America," at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 15, in Herndon Gallery. "Letters Home from Freedom Summer" is a public reading of a selection of moving letters written by some of the 650 students who participated in the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project. Those students, mostly under the direction of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, faced beatings, harassment, jail and assassination as they organized voter registration drives and Freedom Schools in segregated Mississippi.
Summer volunteers, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) workers, and local students singing freedom songs at Mileston, a community of independent black farmers in the Mississippi Delta near Lexington, Mississippi. Matt Herron/Take Stock
Voter registration canvassing in a Hattiesburg housing project by summer volunteers Mary Jane Patterson (standing, right) of Columbus, Ohio, and Madeline McHugh of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. McHugh, a schoolteacher, planned to continue working in Hattiesburg after the summer project.