September 23, 2014  

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Freedom Summer Conference to Feature Civil Rights Historian

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Emilye Crosby

As part of the upcoming "Freedom Summer 1964-2014 Conference" to be held June 19-21 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, noted civil rights historian Dr. Emilye Crosby will deliver her keynote address "Local People: Revising the Master Narrative of the Freedom Movement." 

Crosby’s presentation is sponsored by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council and will be held Saturday, June 21 at 1 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Grand Ballroom, third floor. This event is free and open to the public.

“Freedom Summer” was a defining event in the struggle for civil rights when more than 1,000 volunteers came to Mississippi from across the nation in 1964 to launch an unprecedented voter registration drive for African Americans.

Dr. Crosby’s presentation will focus on what we can learn from local studies and how the civil rights movement looks different from that perspective. For example, she will discuss the Port Gibson/Claiborne County movement; the role of women, particularly in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; and the movement in Hattiesburg.

A professor of history at State University of New York-Geneseo, Crosby’s specialization is in African-American history and the civil rights movement, especially local histories. Her publications include “A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi” and she is the editor of “Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement.”

For more information about the Southern Miss Freedom Summer 1964-2014 Conference, visit http://www.usm.edu/professional-development-educational-outreach/freedom-summer-1964-50th-anniversary-conference. On the bottom right side, click on “download brochure” for program schedule.