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Released February 14, 2003

SOUTHERN MISS TO HOST FREEDOM SUMMER SEMINAR FEB. 18

HATTIESBURG - The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art and the Southern Miss Libraries will sponsor a seminar on Mississippi Freedom Summer featuring Jim Kates and Herbert Randall Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The seminar will be held at the Southern Miss Museum of Art.

Kates, a veteran of the Panola County Freedom Summer project and director of Zephyr Press, will share readings from the recently re-released book, Letters from Mississippi. This collection of correspondence provides firsthand documentation of what life was like for the young Freedom Summer volunteers who left their homes and schools to come to Mississippi in 1964.

The seminar also marks the return of the "Faces of Freedom Summer" exhibition to the Southern Miss Museum of Art. Faces depicts Hattiesburg as it existed in the mid-1960s and documents the civil rights activities of Freedom Summer volunteers through photographs by Randall.

Randall, who is of Native American and African-American heritage, is a photographer from New York who used his John Hay Whitney Fellowship for Creative Photography to travel to Hattiesburg in 1964 and capture the Freedom Summer movement in black and white images. He will be present at the seminar to provide a gallery talk on the exhibition, which has traveled nationally since it first appeared at Southern Miss in 1999.

"The Civil Rights movement in Mississippi helped to shape the course of American history," said Dr. Toby Graham, director of special collections for Southern Miss Libraries. "This program is an opportunity for the university community to appreciate and learn from words and images that provide a firsthand perspective on the Civil Rights era."

The public is invited to attend this free event and bring a brown bag lunch. Cookies and beverages will be served. For additional information, contact the McCain Library and Archives at (601) 266-4345 or the Southern Miss Museum of Art at (601) 266-5200.

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