Freedomways Reader: Prophets in Their Own Country

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Tremor in the Iceberg: The Mississippi Summer Project, No. 2, 1965

ERIC MORTON

This article appeared in the special issue devoted to the Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964, titled "Mississippi: Opening Up the Closed Society". Eric Morton was the materials coordinator for the Mississippi Summer Project.

The Mississippi Summer Project was a wide range of educational, political and social programs designed to reach down into every Black community to organize and train the people to lead themselves. Some of the programs were the Freedom Schools, the Community Centers, the Adult Literacy Project, the Work-Study Project, the Mississippi Student Union, the Freedom Vote, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the Food and Clothing, Welfare Program, the Freedom Libraries, and the Voter Registration Campaign.

What had begun with only a few SNCC workers and a "mock election" vote to educate the disenfranchised Negro's of Mississippi to the use of the ballot had grown into a radical, grassroots movement to

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