SPOHP Alumna Jessica Taylor in Oral History Review for Summer/Fall 2015: “We’re on Fire”

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.

San Francisco Bay View: Tribute to Civil Rights Activist Margaret Block

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.

“Students explore civil rights history” with the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture

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.

Celebrating the Life of Margaret Block, Civil Rights Activist and Inspiring Mississippi Freedom Teacher

Ms. Margaret Block passed away in June 2015. Join the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in sharing memories of her life and legacy.

“I Never Will Forget” Mississippi Freedom Project Oral History Volume Newly Featured on CivilRightsTeaching.org

Civil Rights Teaching, a project of Teaching for Change, highlighted the MFP publication released last year for the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer.

Anticipating MFP’s Upcoming Field Research Trip with Gator Treks & UF Alumni Association

Brittany Hibbert, trip alum and soon-to-be UF grad, featured last year’s Mississippi Freedom Project research trip celebrating the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer through Gator Treks with the University of Florida Alumni Association!

Mississippi Freedom Project Now On Wikipedia!

The article features a collection guide of interviewees and topics, with links to digital media resources and more.

SPOHP Presents: “Civil Rights Attorney John Due: An Oral History Series” Happy Birthday, Mr. Due!

To commemorate the life and work of civil rights movement veteran John Due and his family, SPOHP compiled this volume in honor of his 80th birthday. Click to read.

Freedom Summer Symposium, Sept. 30-Oct.1, Includes American Experience Documentary Screening and Panel

Join SPOHP, the UF African American Studies Program, and the UF Religion Dept. for a screening of the documentary “Freedom Summer” and a panel of scholars and activists reflecting on its legacy.

UF students travel to interview veterans of 1964 Freedom Summer

“UF students travel to interview veterans of 1964 Freedom Summer,” by Jeff Schweers, The Gainesville Sun, June 27, 2014.

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program returned to the Mississippi Delta and traveled to Natchez for the 50th anniversary reunion of Freedom Summer with the Sunflower County Civil Rights Organization June 23-29, 2014. Students and staff conducted 35+ interviews, a historic record for the program, and reflected in this article about the community organizing lessons relayed to them by civil rights veterans.

For more information about the Mississippi Freedom Project and 2014 research trip:

So far, the interviews we’ve conducted have revealed a strong tradition of local organizing and activism that both precedes and transcends the courageous work of those who engaged in Mississippi Freedom Summer.

-Justin Dunnavant