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Freedom now!

Repository: Brown University Library. John Hay Library

Collection Description (CRHP): See the following three interviews, conducted in 2005:

Record # 10212. Jerry Mitchell is an investigative reporter for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Originally from Texas, Mitchell saw the film Mississippi Burning, which addressed the Philadelphia murders, when it was released in 1988. He says that the film inspired him to become obsessed with tracking down the men responsible for the 1964 murders and other unresolved civil rights cases, including the murder of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham, AL church bombings. His tenacity in pursuing cases others have long given up on has resulted directly and indirectly in several successful prosecutions over the past few years, including that of Byron de la Beckwith for the Evers murder.

Record # 10213. Susan Glisson, PhD is the director of the William Winter Institute on Race and Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi, a role through which she coordinates community projects throughout the state of Mississippi. In 1998, she coordinated the only deep-South public forum for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. Through her role at the university, Glisson directs an oral history project on interviews with Civil Rights activists and advises on several Civil Rights commemoration projects. She is also the author of two upcoming books on the Movement.

Record # 10215. Charles Cobb became an activist in the movement during his last year of high school when he participated in a sit-in of Woolworth’s to support the southern students in their sit-in movement. In 1961, while attending Howard University, he joined the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG), a partner of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and participated in sit-ins in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia. In the summer of 1962, Cobb traveled South by bus to attend a CORE conference in Houston, and during a layover in Jackson, Mississippi, he contacted the local SNCC group. He stayed in Mississippi, and became a SNCC field secretary in Ruleville, MS, a small Delta town. In the fall of 1963 Cobb developed the idea for the Freedom Schools that became an integral part of Freedom Summer 1964. He worked on Julian Bond’s campaign in Atlanta, Georgia in 1965. Cobb later became an author and has work published in many newspapers and media venues. His book, Radical Equations, describing the philosophy behind Bob Moses’ Algebra Project was published in 2001. He is currently a freelance journalist and is working on a book entitled Down Freedom’s Main Line.

Collection Description (Extant): This website continues the relationship between Brown University and Tougaloo College, a relationship that began as part of the Mississippi Freedom Movement.

Freedom Now! contains documents from Tougaloo and Brown's Archives, gathered by students and faculty from both institutions.

We believe that the Mississippi Freedom Movement remains one of the most inspiring and important example of grass-roots activism in U.S. history, and that it had a crucial impact on the fight for racial equality in this country.

We feel more students should learn the details of this struggle. The documents on this site fall into two related categories: the Mississippi Freedom Movement, in which Tougaloo played a pivotal role, and the Brown-Tougaloo Cooperative Exchange, which grew out of that activism and continues today.

Access Copy Note: Transcripts of the interviews are available online.

Collection URL: http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/FreedomNow/ External Link

Digital Status: Yes

Extent: Approximately 78 items; 3 interviews

Language: English

Interviewees: Jerry Mitchell, Susan Glisson, Charles Cobb

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for more information on rights.

Subjects:

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, Birmingham, Ala., 1963
African American college students
Civil rights workers--Mississippi
Congress of Racial Equality
Evers, Medgar Wiley, 1925-1963
Historians
Howard University
Journalists
Mississippi Freedom Project
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)

Genres:

Interviews
Manuscripts
Photographs
Transcripts

 

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