Schedule

Remembering Freedom Summer: Building a Better Future

October 19-21, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Film Showing - Freedom Summer Documentary: Mississippi, 1964
Join us as we kick-off the Freedom Summer Conference by screening the documentary film.
Colvard Student Union - Fowlkes Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Sunday, October 19, 2014

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Staged Play – Scenes from "Freedom High"
Colvard Student Union, Foster Ballroom
Dinner will be served (Registration Required)

Monday, October 20, 2014

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
REGISTRATION
Colvard Student Union, Foster Ballroom
8:00 - 9:50 a.m.
PLENARY SESSION A, Full Conference
Colvard Student Union, Foster Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Chair: Dr. Meghan J. Millea, Mississippi State University
Welcome: Dr. R. Gregory Dunaway, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Mississippi State University
Remarks: Vice Mayor Roy A. Perkins, Starkville, MS
Freedom Songs: Hollis Watkins, Founder and President of Southern Echo, Inc.

Panel Discussion: Remembering Freedom Summer
Moderator: Dr. Anthony Harris, Mercer University
Discussants: Dave Dennis, Chude Allen, Mark Levy, Dr. Doris Derby, Wilbur Colom, Hollis Watkins
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Breakout A: Freedom Schools and the Lessons of Social Change
Colvard Student Union, Room 329

Chair: Dr. Marsha Barrett, Mississippi State University

Learning to Protest: The Freedom School Experience and Youth Activism During the Civil Rights Movement, Jon N. Hale, College of Charleston

The Freedom Press: The Unique Spatial Considerations of Freedom School Newspapers During the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, William Sturkey, University of North Carolina

The Role of Historical Fiction in Civil Rights Education and Conversations on Race, Susan Follett, Author

Comment: The Audience

Breakout B: Freedom Summer Through Mississippi Eyes
Colvard Student Union, Room 330

Chair: Dr. Donald Shaffer, Mississippi State University
Presenter: Matt Herron, Freedom Summer Photographer
Comment: The Audience

Breakout C: Panel Discussion—The Life of a Freedom Summer Volunteer
Colvard Student Union, Room 328

Moderator: Dr. Ravi Perry, Mississippi State University
Discussants: Dr. Doris Derby, Chude Allen, Mark Levy, Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Dr. Anthony Harris

Comment: The Audience
11:45 AM – 12:45 p.m.
LUNCHEON (By invitation only)
Colvard Student Union, Dawg House, 1st Floor

Chair: Dr. Stephen Middleton, Mississippi State University
Remarks: Dr. Mark Keenum, President, Mississippi State University
Remarks: Dr. R. Gregory Dunaway, College of Arts & Sciences, Mississippi State University
Remarks: Former Governor William Winter, Mississippi
Entertainment: Triple Joy Ministry
1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
PLENARY SESSION B, Full Conference
Colvard Student Union, Foster Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Chair: Dr. K.C. Morrison, Mississippi State University
Welcome: Dr. Mark Keenum, President, Mississippi State University
Remarks & Roll Call: Dr. Beverly Hogan, President, Tougaloo College
Remarks: Former Governor William Winter, Mississippi
Keynote Address: Chude Allen, Freedom Summer Volunteer
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Breakout D: Freedom Summer Activism and Advocacy in 1964 and Beyond
Colvard Student Union, Room 325

Chair: Dr. Donna Clevinger, Mississippi State University

Excavating Transcripts of Resistance: Alcorn State University and Freedom Summer, Stephen G. Hall, Alcorn State University

Civil Rights vs. Uncivil Wrongs: Combatting Discrimination in the Workplace and the Legacy of Freedom Summer Activism, Shirley Hanshaw, Mississippi State University

Comment: The Audience

Breakout E: The Meridian Freedom Project
Colvard Student Union, Room 231

Chair: Dr. Debra Prince, Mississippi State University
Presenter: Dr. Bill Scaggs, Community College President (Retired)
Comment: The Audience

Breakout F: Panel Discussion—Our Legacy of Firsts in the Magnolia State
Colvard Student Union, Fowlkes Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Moderator: Dr. Charles Ross, University of Mississippi
Discussants: Flonzie Brown Wright, Mayor John DuPree, Mayor James Young, Chief Frank Nichols

Comment: The Audience
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Meet the Authors - Book Signings
Colvard Student Union, Foster Ballroom(Pre-function area)

5:30 -7:30 p.m.
PLENARY SESSION C, DINNER BANQUET (Registration Required)
Colvard Union, Foster Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Chair: Ms. Amy Tuck, Former Lt. Governor, State of Mississippi
Welcome: Dr. Julia Hodges, Associate Vice President, Mississippi State University
Remarks: Governor William Winter, Mississippi
Keynote Address: Dr. Mark McPhail, Killing Freedom: License as Adaptive Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era
Entertainment: The Hip Waders, Featuring Dr. Robert Damm, Jesse Robinson and Adib Sabir

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

8:00-9:50 a.m.
PLENARY SESSION D, Full Conference
Colvard Union, Foster Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Chair: Aundrea Self, WCBI TV
Welcome: Dr. Peter Ryan, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Mississippi State University
Remarks: Mayor Parker Wiseman, Starkville, Mississippi
Freedom Songs: Hollis Watkins, Founder and President of Southern Echo, Inc.

Panel Discussion: Freedom Summer: Building a Better Future
Moderator: Dr. Anthony Harris, Mercer University
Discussants: Dr. Bill Scaggs, Dr. Kristal Moore Clemons, Derrick Johnson, Dr. Mark McPhail, Dave Dennis, Wilbur Colom
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Breakout G: The Global Impact of Freedom Summer
Colvard Student Union, Room 329

Chair: Dr. Andrea Spain, Mississippi State University

Freedom Summer and the Vietnam War, Daniel S. Lucks, University of California, Berkeley

Civil Rights, Advocacy, and Success: A Historical Paradigm, Itai Sneh, City University of New York

Comment: The Audience

Breakout H: “Give Light and People Will Find the Way” … Freedom Schools
Colvard Student Union, Room 320

Chair: Cedric Gathings, Mississippi State University
Presenter: Dr. Kristal Moore Clemons, Florida A&M University
Comment: The Audience

Breakout I: Freedom Summer: Mississippi Again a Major Factor in United States History
Colvard Student Union, Room 231

Chair: Margaret Hagerman, Mississippi State University
Presenter: Dr. John Bracey, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Comment: The Audience
11:45 AM – 12:45 p.m.
LUNCHEON (By invitation only)
Colvard Student Union, Dawg House, lst Floor

Chair: Dr. Stephen Middleton, Mississippi State University
Remarks: Dr. Peter Ryan, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs,Mississippi State University
Remarks: Derrick Johnson, NAACP State President
Entertainment: Triple Joy Ministry
1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
PLENARY SESSION E, Full Conference
Colvard Student Union, Foster Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Chair: Dr. Donald Shaffer, Mississippi State University
Welcome: Dr. Peter Ryan, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Mississippi State University
Remarks: Derrick Johnson, NAACP State President
Roll Call: Hollis Watkins, Founder and President of Southern Echo, Inc.
Keynote Address: Dave Dennis, Co-Director, The Mississippi Summer Project
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Breakout J. Leadership and Activism in Freedom Summer
Colvard Student Union, Room 328

Chair: Dr. Brandon Byrd, Mississippi State University

Mississippi Grounding: The Role of Indigenous Leadership in Freedom Summer, K.C. Morrison, Mississippi State University

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Unsung Heroes: Role of Women Leaders in the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, University of Florida

Undercover for the Movement: The Story of Stan Boyd, Francoise N. Hamlin, Brown University

Comment: The Audience

Breakout K: Grassroots Activism and White Resistance during the Era of Freedom Summer
Colvard Student Union, Room 330

Chair: Dr. Jason Ward, Mississippi State University
The North Mississippi Project: Writing our Story, Wilbur Colom and Gloria Clark

One Long Hot Summer in ‘64: Mississippi as the Focal Point of Black Resistance to Second-Class Status, Dr. Michael Williams, Tougaloo College

From Ole Miss to Freedom Summer: Civil Rights and Massive Resistance in Mississippi, 1962-1964, Derek Charles Catsam, University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Comment: The Audience

Breakout L: What Did You Learn in School Today? - Putting the movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching
Colvard Student Union, Fowlkes Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Chair: Dr. Robert Damm, Mississippi State University

Presenters:

Questions and Lessons for Teachers from the Freedom School Experience, Mark Levy

Teaching for Change, Julian Hipkins

From Freedom School Student to Attending White Public School: A Student's Perspective, Sadie Martin

Comment: The Audience

Breakout M: A Conversation with Freedom Summer Students and Community Organizers
Colvard Student Union, Room 329

Moderator: Dr. Anthony Sean Neal, Paine College
Discussants: Roy DeBerry, Roscoe Jones, James Graham, Anthony Harris, Larry Rubin, Doug Milton, Ron Carver, Ron Bridgeforth
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Meet the Authors - Book Signings
Colvard Student Union, Foster Ballroom(Pre-function area)

5:30 -7:30 p.m.
PLENARY SESSION F, DINNER BANQUET (Registration Required)
Colvard Student Union, Foster Ballroom

Chair: Dr. Lakiesha Williams, Mississippi State University
Welcome: Dr. Donna S. Reese, Professor & Head, Computer Science and Engineering, Mississippi State University
Remarks: Dr. Teresa Gammill, Assistant Vice President for Research, Mississippi State University
Keynote Address: Susan Follett, Author, The Fog Machine
Entertainment: The Hip Waders, Featuring Dr. Robert Damm, Jesse Robinson and Doug Thomas