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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) demanding representation at the Democratic National Convention, one of the most important struggles for real democracy in this country's history. Unlike the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, the national news has made little mention of this historic event. Please read and share our Teaching for Change article, published with Rethinking Schools for the Zinn Education Project, "'Is This America?': 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation" and the role play we wrote for teaching about the MFDP

As students return to school in these next few weeks, another topic for every classroom should be the roots of the crisis and the lessons we can learn from Ferguson. Here are resources for Teaching About Ferguson.
Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary

Timothy L. Jenkins
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. One of our board members, Timothy L. Jenkins, gave a moving speech at the commemorative events at Tougaloo College in June. He noted: 

In Freedom Summer, we moved beyond human rights as sentiment to translate those rights into moral action. . . . Our pledge was to end white ignorance concerning all that was everyday black knowledge. And that struggle continues fiercely in the high and low courts of our land as well as in the hearts and minds of the people. Read more.

Teaching Civil Rights in Mississippi

Students from Mississippi
We hosted a group of McComb, Mississippi students for the third annual educational journey to D.C. They met high school students in D.C., shared their work at the African American Civil War Museum, spoke on WPFW, and much more.

Mississippi's Teacher Award
Plans for Mississippi Teacher Fellowship  
Thanks to a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, we are launching a program to support teaching about the civil rights movement and labor history in Mississippi. A planning meeting was held at Tougaloo College last week.

Julian Hipkins
Julian Hipkins III Joins Teaching for Change Staff
Award-winning high school teacher Julian Hipkins III is joining the Teaching for Change staff as the Civil Rights Movement and Labor History Initiative for Mississippi Project Director and overall Teaching for Change Curriculum Specialist.
Book Awards and Events

We Shall Not Be Moved

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed
We are pleased to announce that Teaching for Change board member Michael J. O'Brien's book,
We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth Sit-In and the Movement it Inspired, won a 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award. 

We look forward to a very special event with Charles E. Cobb on September 24 at 6:30pm for

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Photo credit for top image with Victoria Gray in Atlantic City, George Ballis/Take Stock