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.

“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