Dispatches from Freedom Summer

Source: ProPublica, 2014

A variety of voices revisit the events and lessons of Mississippi’s long hot summer of 1964.

Articles include:
Long a Force for Progress, a Freedom Summer Legend Looks Back by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Georgia Congressman John Lewis talks about what changed — and didn’t — because of the movement he helped to lead 50 years ago.

Interview With Civil Rights Legend John Lewis: Audio by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Listen to Nikole Hannah-Jones interview barrier-breaking Freedom Rider and longtime congressman John Lewis.

In His Professional Twilight, a Son of Mississippi Considers His Legacy on Race by Joe Sexton
Former federal judge Charles W. Pickering wants his life of accomplishment and controversy to have been a contribution to his state’s racial healing.

When Freedom Summer Landed in White America’s Living Rooms by Seth Wessler
An iconic civil rights print hung in one rural Maine home and helped shape a family’s commitment to justice.


A Brutal Loss, but an Enduring Conviction
by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Rita Bender, 22 when her husband Michael Schwerner was killed by the Klan in Mississippi in 1964, says challenges remain in the fight for racial justice.

Ghosts of Greenwood by Nikole Hannah-Jones (audio) (photos)
A reporter goes to Mississippi and encounters the echoes of family and the struggle for civil rights.