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Mississippi to Atlantic City: Freedom Summer’s Mark on America

August 20 @ 7:00 pm EDT

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Fannie Lou Hamer, Bob Moses, and Aaron Henry walk into the Convention Hall at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. Image Credit: George Ballis

2024 marks the 60th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a landmark campaign to register as many African American voters as possible in Mississippi. While most of the movement’s work took place in the Magnolia State, a key portion of the path to voting rights ran through the Garden State.

On August 20, as part of a series of events dedicated to remembering this vital historical moment, NJCH and the Mississippi Humanities Council will host an event highlighting the iconic events that transpired in New Jersey. Join us for a panel discussion and commemoration on Tuesday, August 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room at Stockton University’s Atlantic City Campus.

The panel will feature four veterans of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party:

  • Euvester Simpson
  • Dr. Roy DeBerry
  • Dr. Leslie McLemore
  • David Dennis, Sr.

The History

During Freedom Summer, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party was founded to challenge de facto one-party rule in the state by the (segregationist) Mississippi Democratic Party. In August, the MFDP sent an alternate slate of delegates to the Democratic National Convention, which was being held in Atlantic City, NJ, aiming to have their slate seated rather than that of the segregationist MDP.

The resulting struggle played out before the eyes of the nation and laid bare many of the terrible injustices and violence inflicted upon Black people. Among the most iconic moments was Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony before the Credentials Committee at the event, which was carried live on television before being cut off by an impromptu press conference by President Lyndon Johnson. In her powerful testimony, which was broadcast in full later in the evening, Hamer described in plain terms the violent abuse meted upon her and others who sought to register to vote.

While unsuccessful in winning the seating of the full MFDP slate, the powerful testimony is now seen as a key moment leading to civil rights protections won in subsequent years.

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Details

Date:
August 20
Time:
7:00 pm EDT
Cost:
Free

Organizer

New Jersey Council for the Humanities
Phone
(609) 695-4838
Email
info@njhumanities.org
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Venue

Stockton University-Atlantic City Campus
3711 Atlantic Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401 United States
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