J.D. Boyd Library Hosts Stand Up!: Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964 Photography Exhibition

Alcorn State University's J.D. Boyd Library, will host an unveiling of the exhibition, Stand Up!: Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964, February 23, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

The public is invited share in this rich heritage and history of a significant turning point in Mississippi’s history expressed through pictures. The exhibit will be on display and viewable in the library until mid-March; and will return to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson, Mississippi, to continue its travel.    

In 1964, Freedom Summer made Mississippi the central battleground of the Civil Rights Movement. Hundreds of northern students, most white, joined black Mississippians to register voters, conduct Freedom Schools, and promote civil rights. Throughout the summer, project staff endured threats, arrests, beatings, bombings, and murder. “Stand Up” looks at the events of that memorable and violent summer. It is accompanied by an original film incorporating historic film footage taken during the summer of 1964 and Educating for Democracy, a collection of primary source documents related to Freedom Summer. The companion exhibit “Murder in Neshoba” examines the disappearance and murder of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County.