UAP Alumni at 50th Anniversary Mississippi Freedom Summer Conference!

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In the summer of 1964, hundreds of summer volunteers from across America convened in Mississippi to put an end to the system of rigid segregation. The civil rights workers and the summer volunteers successfully challenged the denial by the state of Mississippi to keep Blacks from voting, getting a decent education, and holding elected offices. As a result of the Freedom Summer of 1964, some of the barriers to voting have been eliminated and Mississippi has close to 1000 Black state and local elected officials.While the Freedom Summer of ’64 made profound changes in the state of Mississippi and the country, much remains to be accomplished.

At the 50th Anniversary Mississippi Freedom Summer Conference, LatinoJustice and Urban Arts were able to present to youth from around the nation a workshop titled ‘Think Critically, Act Creatively: Utilizing New Media Tools for Youth Empowerment & Movement Making” to a packed room of over 80 youth leaders! Through their experience with the Youth Leadership Network and More Than A Quota, our youth were able to discuss how to use arts creativity and social media to create progressive changes in our community!

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