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Ed King’s Mississippi

Ed King’s Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer

Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 176
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    Ed King’s Mississippi
    Book Description:

    Ed King's Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summerfeatures more than forty unpublished black-and-white photographs and substantial writings by the prominent civil rights activist Rev. Ed King. The images and text provide a unique perspective on Mississippi during the summer of 1964. Taken in Jackson, Greenwood, and Philadelphia, the photographs showcase informal images of Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, Mississippi civil rights workers, and college student volunteers in the movement. Ed King's writings offer background and insights on the motivations and work of Freedom Summer volunteers, on the racial climate of Mississippi during the late 1950s and 1960s, and the grassroots effort by black Mississippians to enter the political arena and exercise their fundamental civil rights.

    King, a native of Vicksburg and a Methodist minister, was a founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and a key figure in the civil rights movement in the state in the 1960s. As one of the few white Mississippians with a leadership position in the movement, his words and photographs offer a rare behind-the-scenes chronicle of events in the state during Freedom Summer. King is a retired faculty member of the School of Health Related Professions, University of Mississippi Medical Center. Historian Trent Watts furnishes a substantial introduction to the volume and offers background on the Freedom Summer campaign as well as a description of King's civil rights activism from the late 1950s to the present day.

    eISBN: 978-1-62674-064-8
    Subjects: History, Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
    (pp. ix-2)
    (pp. 3-36)

    “The ‘long hot summer’ is about to begin,” wrote rev. edwin king, chaplain of Mississippi’s Tougaloo College, to a fellow Methodist minister on May 29, 1964.¹ In that summer of 1964, approximately one thousand volunteers—most of them white college students, but their ranks also included doctors, lawyers, and clergy—from California, Ohio, Michigan, New York, and a host of other states came to Mississippi to work with local people and other civil rights activists on what became known as the Freedom Summer project. For three months, movement workers canvassed cotton fields and black neighborhoods urging and instructing people how...

    (pp. 37-46)

    Dogs are an important part of the mississippi way of life. So it was in 1964 at the start of Freedom Summer. Dogs are as much a part of the tradition as cotton and kudzu vines, as beauty queens and humble colored folks. Some Mississippi dogs are free and friendly, enjoying the presence of any person. However, many Mississippi dogs act too much like white Mississippi people. Many white dogs (dogs that belong to white persons) hate black people so much that white men joke about it and comment on how their dogs just “naturally can’t stand ‘Nigruhs,’” not to...

    (pp. 47-140)

    This is Pratt Memorial Methodist Church,* now part of the Mississippi United Methodist Church, which is racially integrated; at the time, of course, the Methodist churches were not. The pastor of this church was Rev. Allen Johnson. We in the movement had invited Martin to help us promote the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which we had established earlier that year; that was our way of focusing on voter registration. We had been trying voter registration heavily for the preceding three years and failed to register very many people. There had always been interest in voter registration in the black community...

  7. INDEX
    (pp. 141-150)