This year is our 13th annual Mississippi Freedom Project trip where we travel through the Delta region which is the heart of the modern Civil Rights Movement. On this trip, we will continue to help document the legacies of the 1919 Elain Massacre in Phillips County, Arkansas under the direction of the Elain Legacy Center and continue to reflect on the impact of the Civil Rights movement through different communities.
Our students just got back from another successful and exciting trip doing oral history fieldwork in the Mississippi Delta as part of our Mississippi Freedom Project!
The Mississippi Freedom Project (MFP) is an award-winning archive of 200+ oral history interviews conducted with veterans of the civil rights movement and notable residents of the Mississippi Delta. The collection centers on activism and organizing in partnership with the Sunflower County Civil Rights Organization in Sunflower, Mississippi.
Marcela Murillo and Chad Chavira participated in our 10th Annual Mississippi Freedom Project trip last month. Check out their op-ed, “Effects of Till’s Murder Still Felt Today,” through which they reflect on their experiences in the Mississippi Delta. Co-writing credits to UF students Nicole Yapp and Toni-Lee Maitland:
Last fall, the OHA granted the award to the mini-grant partnership between SPOHP and George A. Smathers Libraries for the “Freedom Summer Oral History and Library Curation Project” in 2013-2014.
Taylor wrote for the Summer/Fall 2015 Oral History Review, drawing from the Mississippi Freedom Project to discuss the preservation, commemoration, and rebirth of Mississippi’s Civil Rights Sites.
Margaret Stroud Block, long time civil rights activist, passed away June 20 in Cleveland, Mississippi, where she was born and raised. She lectured at universities and organizations throughout the U.S., particularly in the eastern part of the country, on civil rights and current education policies.
Read about coverage in the Natchez Democrat of SPOHP’s recent Mississippi Freedom Project trip, including the “Unfinished Business, Race, Democracy, and the Ongoing Struggle for Civil Rights” panel with AAHP graduate coordinators.
Ms. Margaret Block passed away in June 2015. Join the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in sharing memories of her life and legacy.
Civil Rights Teaching, a project of Teaching for Change, highlighted the MFP publication released last year for the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer.