Freedom Dreams… Freedom Now!

Location of Conference


Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now! was a 3 day gathering in honor of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer ‘64. We invited activists, community leaders, students, scholars, and artist to join us in reflecting on the legacy of Freedom Summer ’64 while at the same time developing analysis, skills, and strategy to further contemporary movement building for social justice.

Prominent organizers, scholars, and artist led workshops, strategy sessions, and presentations on some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time.

Topics addressed included:

Freedom Schools & Re-imagining Education
Electoral Politics & Accountability
Campus Divestment Campaigns
Mass Incarceration & Prison Abolition
History & Tradition of Radical Lawyering
Social Media Tools for Organizing
Art as Social Justice & Liberatory Practice
Transformative Justice & Healing
Radical Imagination & Creative Strategies for Social Change
Youth, Elders, and Intergenerational Organizing and Leadership
Gender, Sexuality, and the Queering of Movement Histories
Immigration and Emigration
Going Beyond what Movements are ‘Against’ to what they are ‘For’
Youth track for ages 6-12

Speakers, Artists & Organizations in attendance :

Angela Davis
Julian Bond
Rosa Clemente
Robin D.G. Kelley
Moya Bailey
Beverly Guy-Sheftall
One DC
Black Youth Project (BYP 100)
Bertha Justice Institute of the Center for Constitutional Rights
Students Against Mass Incarceration – Columbia University