Thunder of Freedom

Thunder of Freedom

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The world's eyes were on Mississippi during the summer of 1964, when civil rights activists launched an ambitious African American voter registration project and were met with violent resistance from white supremacists. Sue Sojourner and her husband arrived in Holmes County, Mississippi, in the wake of this historic time, known as qFreedom Summer.q From September 1964 until her departure from the state in 1969, Sojourner collected an incredible number of documents, oral histories, and photographs chronicling the dramatic events that she witnessed. In this remarkable book, written in collaboration with Cheryl Reitan, Sojourner presents a fascinating account of one of the civil rights movement's most active and broad-based community organizing operations in the South. Thunder of Freedom unites Sojourner's personal experiences with her insights regarding the dynamics of race relations in the 1960s South, providing readers with a unique look at the struggle for rights and equality in Mississippi. Illustrated with selections from Sojourner's acclaimed catalog of photographs, this profound book tells the powerful, often intimate stories of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things.SNCC was feverishly pushing black turnout in Lowndes and other Alabama counties, while we had another whole year to lay groundwork for our real election test. ... We wrote and mimeographed an Executive Membera#39;s Manual describing the concept of a a€œpolitical machine. ... Although outside workers often assumed having a black sheriff candidate and running blacks for as many offices as possible wasanbsp;...

Title:Thunder of Freedom
Author:Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner
Publisher:University Press of Kentucky - 2013-01-03


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