- 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
The seminar will be held at the Southern Miss Museum
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.