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The Freedom SchoolsStudent Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement$
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Jon N. Hale

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175685

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175685.001.0001

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“We Do Hereby Declare Independence”

“We Do Hereby Declare Independence”

Educational Activism and Reconceptualizing Freedom After the Summer Campaign

(p.149) 5 “We Do Hereby Declare Independence”
The Freedom Schools

Jon N. Hale

Columbia University Press

The fifth chapter examines how students participated in the movement immediately after the Freedom Summer campaign. The Freedom School cohort, along with their peers, sustained the struggle by organizing school boycotts, protesting discriminatory policies in their communities, participating in mass demonstrations, and attempting to desegregate Mississippi public schools for the first time during the fall of 1964.

Keywords:   desegregation, Mississippi Student Union (MSU), boycott, Vietnam War, Head Start, black power

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