Miami to host virtual discussion of Freedom Summer documentary April 1

A photo of voting rights activists being trained in Oxford the the 1964 “Freedom Summer.”

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A photo of voting rights activists being trained in Oxford the the 1964 “Freedom Summer.”

As part of its ongoing series “The Arts and Social Change,” Miami University will hold a discussion of the recent PBS documentary “Training for Freedom” at noon Friday, April 1. 

The film details the 1964 convergence of Black activists and university students at the Western College for Women in Oxford. It was there that volunteers for the Mississippi Freedom Summer Campaign trained participants in subjects like nonviolent protest and aiding in the registration of Black voters in southern states. 

The virtual event will feature Ringo Jones, former member of the Miami faculty and now an assistant professor of communication at the University of Arkansas, and Mark Levy, who participated heavily in Mississippi desegregation projects during Freedom Summer.

Reservations for the event can be made via Zoom.