Bob Moses was one of the most influential black leaders of the civil rights movement. He speaks on Sunday, November 16, at 2 p.m. at the John Witherspoon School about his role in the 1965 campaign to register African-Americans in Mississippi to vote. A reception follows to launch “Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit,” a traveling exhibit from the Wisconsin Historical Society. The school is located at 217 Walnut Lane in Princeton.
From a historical essay: “On the project’s first day, June 21, three workers (James Chaney, Mickey Schwerner and Andrew Goodman) were kidnapped and murdered. The search for their killers dominated the national news and focused public attention on Mississippi until their bodies were discovered on August 4….. Public outrage helped spur the U.S. Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”
The exhibit, featuring photographs, manuscripts and other materials that document the work of the Freedom Summer volunteers, will be on display at John Witherspoon School until November 23, and it moves to the Carl A. Fields Center from Tuesday, November 25 to Friday, December 5.
Other events in the Freedom Summer series include a book discussion on Thursday, November 13, at 7 p.m., a panel discussion on Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m. and a film, free with tickets, on Sunday, November 23, at 1 p.m. For a complete listing of Freedom Summer events, click HERE.
The Freedom Summer series is cosponsored by Not in Our Town, The Garden Theatre, the Princeton Public Library, and theNational Endowment for the Humanities. #freedomsummer