Freedom Summer

in jackson, mississippi, civil rights veterans, activists, organizers, and youth gathered to commemorate freedom summer 1964 with freedom50, on a college campus that was once a plantation, in a state that appropriately names cities, towns, and rivers after the original people whose lands and lives were taken

the people in attendance are love, beautiful and amazing, interactions and personal stories had rooms crying, hearts aching but triumphantly surviving and smiling, yet as we convened and held panels, learning about our past apartheid state, the new jim crow stared us in the face with prison laborers working the grounds in striped green and white jumpsuit flannels

we heard and heard again the names of Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman, but still forgotten are all the names we don’t know, the countless others who died and will never be heard, will never have their stories told

touring philadelphia, mississippi, the bus felt like a time machine, and the long division had my mind jumping from 2014 to 1964 to 1980 and back again, flying through the streets of philadelphia i thought not only about Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman, but also when ronald reagan proudly proclaimed his belief in state’s rights on the very same ground

we are learning things we should’ve already learned, but the 2nd reconstruction demands we have a 2nd civil rights movement, and i believe that we will win


The Dream Defenders with Chokwe Antar Lumumba

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