Civil Rights

Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

The civil rights movement was one of the most pivotal events in U.S. history. Today we think of the key leaders, mass demonstrations, and watershed legislation that have become synonymous with this movement. Often forgotten are the everyday people who were on the frontlines of the fight for justice and equality, working for change in their home communities. Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi explores the history of the civil rights movement at the local level as well as the national level. Mississippi was one of the most racially divided states in the South. It symbolized the oppression and violence of white supremacy, and the strong black movement that rose up in response.

Introduction: The Struggle for Freedom

Part I: The Meaning of Freedom

Part II: The Freedom Movement

Epilogue: The Struggle Continues

Day One Lesson: Data Analysis: Separate, but Equal? Measuring Plessy v. Ferguson in Mississippi

Day Two Lesson: Women's Experiences in SNCC

Optional Lesson: Singing for Freedom

Optional Lesson: Oral Histories: Students in the Civil Rights Movement

Day Five Lesson: A Nonviolent Movement?

Optional Lesson: Civil Rights and U.S. Public Schools Today

Featured Scholars

Charles Cobb photo
Brown University
Francoise Hamlin photo
Brown University
John Lewis photo
U.S. House of Representatives
Judy Richardson photo
Brown University