Black History Month Conference explores the legacy of SNCC and the Mississippi Summer Project
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Summer Project when thousands of young volunteers, organized under the leadership of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), helped register African-Americans to vote and open Freedom Schools. A three-day conference will explore the history of SNCC, the legacy of the Mississippi Summer Project and lessons for young activists today at the forefront of movements such as Black Lives Matter.
The conference is dedicated to the life and legacy of the late civil rights activist Julian Bond.
Speakers include Freedom Rider and SNCC staff member John Hardy, “Faces of Freedom Summer” photographer Herbert Randall, and Bree Newsome, the young African-American woman who removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State House last June. The interactive conference also includes panels, discussion circles, films and performances by the SNCC Freedom Singers, the Mark Durham Trio and others.
When and Where:
Feb. 25-27 (Thursday-Saturday)
9 a.m. - 3: 45 p.m. Thursday – Benedictine University
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday – Roosevelt University
Registration is required.
Sponsors include the Chicago SNCC History Project, Benedictine University, Roosevelt University, Saint Pius V Parish, Crossroads Fund, Arkus Center for Social Justice, University of Chicago: Upward Bound Project, The Chicago Reporter, Public Allies, The Chicago Freedom School, Frances Parker High School. Register Now!