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Author, Civil Rights Activist Sojourner to Speak at Southern Miss March 18

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Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner

A civil rights movement activist who helped usher in a new era in Mississippi politics will talk about her experiences Monday, March 18 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner will present "The Story of 'Thunder of Freedom,' from the Congressional Challenge to the 1967 Elections" along with Cheryl Reitan at 5 p.m. in the university’s Polymer Science Auditorium, room 101. Admission is free. Sojourner and Reitan will sign copies of their book, Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi following their presentation.

During 1964-69, Sojourner was a community organizer in Holmes County, Miss. and worked in the campaign to elect Robert Clark, Mississippi's first black legislator since Reconstruction. Thunder of Freedomis her memoir of that momentous period in Mississippi history.

This event is being sponsored by the Southern Miss Department of History’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage and Center for the Study of the Gulf South. For more information, contact Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes at louis.kyriakoudes@usm.edu.