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Freedom Summer: 5 Decades Later

JOUR 580

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Instructors: Dr. Kathleen Wickham, Associate Professor of Journalism
  • Dates: August 3-13, 2015 (on campus and at location)
  • Cost: $950 plus tuition        
  • Application deadline: April 6

Itinerary subject to change. Students should wait to make travel arrangements after confirming dates and times with instructor.

To Register

Click here to download registration forms.

Students will:

  • Visit the campus of Miami University in Oxford, OH, where Freedom Summer volunteers trained
  • Tour the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and other campus sites to experience how volunteers prepared through songs, lectures, readings, and discussion groups
  • Travel by bus from Miami University to Oxford, MS, along the same route the volunteers took via Memphis, TN, with a stop at the National Civil Rights Museum
  • Upon return to Mississippi, take part in day trips to Neshoba County, where three civil rights volunteers were murdered; the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial in Ruleville, and Freedom Summer related venues in Jackson


Students will spend time in Oxford, OH, on the Miami University Campus before returning to Oxford, MS, with trips to Neshoba County, the MS Delta, and Jackson.

Who should go?

Journalism students as well as Southern Studies, African-American Studies, and History students may be interested in this course.


Students will spend August 3-13 both at locations and on campus in Oxford, MS.


Students will travel by bus to and from Oxford, MS, to Ohio.


Program cost is $950 plus tuition. Included in the cost are housing, group lunches, tours, group ground transportation, and museum admission fees. Study USA application fee, tuition, meals other than the group lunches, class supplies, and personal spending money are excluded from the course fee.


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