Film Screening:  "Freedom Summer" 

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

4:30 p.m.

Axinn 232

During the summer of 1964, the nation's eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation's most segregated state. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. The campaign was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches, and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses.  Produced by PBS, 2014, 55 minutes.

Sponsored by the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, which will lead an alternative spring break trip to Montgomery, Alabama, this spring to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma-Montgomery civil rights march.  To learn more about joining the trip, check out go/Montgomery.

To learn more about the film, click here.



Alternative Spring Break Trip to Montgomery, Alabama

Join students, faculty, and staff for an Alternative Spring Break trip to Montgomery, Alabama, March 21-29, 2015. 

The trip will mark the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery which played an important role in confronting the injustices facing African Americans, especially in the South. It occurred between the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  20 Middlebury College students participated in that march, and this trip honors their activism.

The trip will include:

  • Hands-on community service work with Habitat for Humanity;
  • Visits to local historic sites, civil rights organizations and religious institutions, all of which played significant roles in the Civil Rights movement;
  • Conversations with guest speakers and among ourselves to deepen our understanding of this important time in American Civil Rights history;
  • Exploring today's civil rights challenges and planning our own activist responses to them.

The trip is highly subsidized by generous alumni gifts and by the College.  Student cost is $250, which includes transportation, housing, and most meals.  Space is limited. 

Click here to complete an application for the trip.

Please contact Ira Schiffer (ischiffe@middlebury.edu) with questions.





Civil Rights Act of 1964

This act bars recipients of federal funds from excluding persons from federally supported programs on the basis of their race, sex, color, national origin, or limited proficiency with English. The College—and any subrecipients of federal awards to or other agreements with the College—must keep an Assurance of Compliance on file that says the institution will immediately act as necessary to meet the objectives of this statute.

Violation of the assurance could result in loss of all federal funding.