Impact of Events in Mississippi in 1964

On September 24, 2008, as part of the lead up to the first presidential debate of that election year, which included the first black presidential candidate of a major party, Susan organized and moderated a panel titled “Mississippi Freedom Democrats’ Challenge of the 1964 Convention.” It was the second panel of the symposium, “How Events in Mississippi Changed American Politics.” Participants included former MFDP chair Lawrence Guyot, civil rights veterans Rita Schwerner Bender, and Charles Cobb, along with civil right historian John Dittmer, author of Local People.

Participants discussed how the South has changed politically since the Civil Rights movement.

Check out the video here to hear their comments and to listen to their question and answer session.


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