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Thunder of freedom : black leadership and the transformation of 1960s Mississippi

Author: Sue Lorenzi Sojourner; Cheryl Reitan
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, [2013]
Series: Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century.
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The world's eyes were on Mississippi during the summer of 1964, when civil rights activists launched an ambitious African American voter registration project and were met with violent resistance from white supremacists. Sue (Lorenzi) Sojourner and her husband, Henry Lorenzi, arrived in Holmes County, Mississippi, in the wake of this historic time, known as Freedom Summer. From her arrival in September 1964 until her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sue Lorenzi Sojourner; Cheryl Reitan
ISBN: 9780813140933 0813140935 9780813140957 0813140951
OCLC Number: 788281895
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Commended for Minnesota Book Award (Memoir) 2014
Description: xix, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: From California to Mississippi: August-September 1964 --
What we walked into: early voter registration efforts: winter 1962-September 1964 --
Mileston: September-October 1964 --
The Holmes County Community Center: November 1964-January 1965 --
The congressional challenge and marching for freedom: January-July 1965 --
School desegregation, Head Start, and the medical committee: spring 1965 to early 1966 --
Voter registration: December 1964-December 1965 --
The Greenville Air Base demonstration and the Community Action Program: January-December 1966 --
Political organizing: January-June 1966 --
The Meredith March: June-July 1966 --
The November 1966 elections and coalition building: fall 1966-January 1967 --
Reading "The some people" story and a trip north: February-April 1967 --
Selecting the FDP candidates from Holmes: January-June 1967 --
Black and white issues with SNCC workers: summer 1967 --
The success of the 1967 Holmes County elections: September-November 1967 --
Changed lives: celebrating the movement and its people. Their stories. Sam and Laura Redmond ; Ralthus Hayes ; John Daniel Wesley ; Shadrach "Crook" Davis ; Norman and Rosebud Clark ; Reverend Jesse James Russell ; Alma Mitchell Carnegie ; Kids racing the bug sprayer ; McGee's Café ; Rosie Head's birthday party ; Reverend Joseph McChriston ; Mr. and Mrs. Burrell Tate ; Eugene Montgomery ; A group gathers for a county meeting ; Five people comment about Henry Lorenzi ; Movement visitors to the Balance Due home ; Robert G. Clark: the day is coming ; Edgar Love and the Tchula shootout ; Alec Shimkin's reflection ; Mary Lee Hightower ; Robert G. Clark, at a farmers co-op meeting ; A late-night meeting with Robert G. Clark.
Series Title: Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century.
Responsibility: Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner with Cheryl Reitan ; photographs by Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner ; foreword by John Dittmer.

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The world's eyes were on Mississippi during the summer of 1964, when civil rights activists launched an ambitious African American voter registration project and were met with violent resistance from white supremacists. Sue (Lorenzi) Sojourner and her husband, Henry Lorenzi, arrived in Holmes County, Mississippi, in the wake of this historic time, known as Freedom Summer. From her arrival in September 1964 until her departure in 1969, Sojourner amassed an extensive collection of photographs, oral histories, and documents chronicling the dramatic events she witnessed. Thunder of Freedom weaves together Sojourner's interviews and photographs with accounts of her own experiences as an activist during the movement.

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