The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

Jun 26, 2017

Prof. Jon N. Hale
Credit College of Charleston

(Originally broadcast 12/02/16) - Created in 1964 as part of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Mississippi Freedom Schools were launched by educators and activists to provide an alternative education for African American students that would facilitate student activism and participatory democracy. The schools, as Jon N. Hale of the College of Charleston, demonstrates in his book, The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement (Columbia University Press, 2016), had a crucial role in the civil rights movement and a major impact on the development of progressive education throughout the nation.

Prof. Jon N. Hale and Barbara Kelley-Duncan, CEO of the Carolina Youth Development Center and board member for The Children's Defense Fund, talk with Dr. Edgar about the history if the Freedom Schools and their modern legacy. 

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