Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers and Poetry of 1964 Freedom Summer


Letters From Mississippi During the summer of 1964, a presidential election year, SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) sent volunteers into Mississippi to expand Black voter registration in the state, to organize a legally constituted “Freedom Democratic Party” that would challenge the whites-only Mississippi Democratic party, to establish “freedom schools” which taught reading and math to Black children, and to open community centers where individuals could obtain legal and medical assistance.

This expanded version of Letters from Mississippi retains the introduction by Julian Bond, while updating the biographies of over a dozen volunteers from that summer, and, most important, adds over 40 pages of poetry that was written by students in the Freedom Schools, along with the original preface by Langston Hughes. [Publisher’s description.]

Credit: Edited by Elizabeth Sutherland Martínez. Published by Zephyr Press (AZ), May 2007.