National Youth Summit - Freedom Summer

February 5, 2014



Program Transcript


Civil rights activists, historians, and students participated in a panel discussion about the 1964 youth-led effort to end the political disenfranchisement and educational inequality of African Americans in the Deep South, and discuss the role of young people in shaping America’s past and future. The webcast was hosted from the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Mississippi.


  • Dr. Robert Moses, director of the Mississippi Summer Project and founder of the Algebra Project
  • Dr. Marshall Ganz, civil rights activist and Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • Dr. Michelle Deardorff, Professor and Department Head of Political Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Larry Rubin, former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee staffer and labor activist
  • Noah Martin, high school student, McComb, Mississippi
  • Participating in the Summit's online chat: David Goodman, brother of Andrew Goodman and president of the Andrew Goodman Foundation

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The National Youth Summit is presented by the National Museum of American History with Smithsonian Affiliations and PBS's American Experience with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, PBS's American Experience, and the Verizon Foundation.