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50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer 1964

“Without new visions, we don’t know what to build, only what to knock down. We not only end up confused, rudderless, and cynical, but we forget that making a revolution is not a series of clever maneuvers and tactics, but a process that can and must transform us."
-Robin D.G. KelleyFreedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination



2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer 1964. This website is a central location for the Freedom Summer events that will take place in Chicago. There are many events planned to commemorate this important historic moment and to reflect on contemporary movement-building. This site includes events and content sponsored by the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago, The Black Youth Project (BYP100), Chicago Freedom School, and Project NIA.

Chicago-PartnersFreedom Dreams/Freedom Now Conference
May 28-30, 2014

Freedom Dreams Freedom Now! was an intergenerational interactive gathering of scholars, artists & activists to wrestle with the past and imagine & organize for a better future.

Speakers & Participants included:

Angela Davis
Julian Bond
Robin D.G.Kelley
Rosa Clemente

See full list on Program/Speakers page!

LOCATION of Conference

The conference will be located at Student Center West (SCW), University of Illinois at Chicago — 828 S. Wolcott Street

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