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Mississippi’s Explosive Freedom Summer of 1964 Focus of 1st Segment of Aug 22 Book Review

In the summer of 1964, with the civil rights movement stalled, seven hundred college students descended on Mississippi to register black voters, teach in Freedom Schools, and live in sharecroppers’ shacks. But by the time their first night in the state had ended, three volunteers were dead, black churches had burned, and America had a new definition of freedom. Bruce Watson, author of Freedom Summer, is the August 22 guest on the first segment of KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.  Listen live online at kazifm.org.

Using in- depth interviews with participants and residents, Watson brilliantly captures the tottering legacy of Jim Crow in Mississippi and the chaos that brought such national figures as Martin Luther King Jr. and Pete Seeger to the state. Freedom Summer presents finely rendered portraits of the courageous black citizens-and Northern volunteers-who refused to be intimidated in their struggle for justice, and the white Mississippians who would kill to protect a dying way of life.

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