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Reflections

Follow our scholars as they learn about the history of the modern civil rights movement, modern day activism, and the links between the two here.

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 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. © Flip Schulke Archives.

 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. © Flip Schulke Archives.

Cracking the Closed Society of Higher Education: Integrating the University of Mississippi, blog post by University of Mississippi alumnus Harry Clarke

At left: Despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision supporting his admission to the University of Mississippi, James Meredith was turned away three times. This photograph by Flip Schulke pictures the confrontation, on the third attempt, between Meredith, accompanied by Chief U.S. Marshall James McShane, and Mississippi's lieutenant governor, Paul Johnson (in fedora).

Flier, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Koenig Collection ACNMAH 0558 series 2 box 1

Flier, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Koenig Collection ACNMAH 0558 series 2 box 1

Fannie Lou Hamer: Voting Rights Trailblazer: Confronted with challenging primary source material as part of her research on the civil rights movement, Fellow Regina Sierra Carter was moved to share this reflection on the crusade of activist Fannie Lou Hamer and connections to her own life.

Entrance to Glen Echo Park in Maryland

Entrance to Glen Echo Park in Maryland

From carousels to buses, Glen Echo Park and the training of an activist

In this blog post, Freedom School scholar Harry Clarke discusses the integration of Glen Echo amuseument park outside of Washington, DC and the experience of meeting civil rights activist Joan Mulholland.

Freedom School Scholar Harry Clarke reflects on the story of Glen Echo Park as part of his preparation to host the National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer in February 2014. - See more at: http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/osaycanyousee/2013/11/from-carousels-to-buses-glen-echo-park-and-the-training-of-an-activist.html#sthash.BxcTQono.dpuf
Freedom School Scholars Joy Lyman, Harry Clarke, and Nicholas Nchamukong with Joseph McNeil.

Freedom School Scholars Joy Lyman, Harry Clarke, and Nicholas Nchamukong with Joseph McNeil.

Reflecting on Nelson Mandela's bravery with a civil rights leader

Director of the Museum's Program in African American Culture, Christopher Wilson, shares his experience discussing Mandela's legacy with civil rights leader Joe McNeil.

Zoharah Simmons

Zoharah Simmons

Zoharah Simmons speaking at the program Freedom '63 Remixed, organized by the New York office of the Rosa Luxemberg Stiftung. Photo used via the creative commons license.

Reflecting on the civil rights movement at the grassroots

Joy Lyman, one of the museum's Freedom School Scholars, reflects on the experiences of activist Zoharah Simmons and how the Civil Rights Movement can be better taught to encompass the complexity of the story.

Dr. Marshall Ganz

Dr. Marshall Ganz

5 Things to Know about Freedom Summer Veteran Dr. Marshall Ganz

Harry Clarke, Joy Lyman, and Nick Nchamukong, the three interns working on the Freedom Summer Summit, had the chance to interview Dr. Marshall Ganz, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a veteran of the Freedom Summer project and other social movements, who will also be a panelist for the Summit. In this blog post, they share five things to know about Ganz.