Mississippi Freedom Summer
1964 saw the development of the Mississippi Freedom Summer. A number of Queens College students participated in the initiative, with the majority involved in the Meridian Freedom School as teachers.
The QC students participating in the program were required to raise funds and supplies for school, all of which were not available to the black community's school in Meridian. Along with this, lesson plans were quickly developed incorporating subjects requested by the community as well as teaching techniques that the volunteers wanted to test out and practice.
A Freedom School Convention was held too, gathering representatives from other Freedom Schools accross the state. At the convention there were numerous speakers, including Robert Moses who developed COFO and the Mississippi Freedom Project, James Forman, then a SNCC leader, as well as a performance by Pete Seegar
The volunteers were housed within the local community to help foster relations and reduce costs as well as ensure that the program stayed rooted in community development at all times. The families that hosted the volunteers did so at great personal risk, since there was the possibility of violent backlash by white supremacist and the Ku Klux Klan. This violence was also directed towards the Mississippi Freedom Project as a whole, resulting in beatings and harassament