Title

Ed King’s Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer

Abstract

Ed King’s Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer features more than forty unpublished black-and-white photographs and substantial writings by the prominent civil rights activist Rev. Ed King. The images and text provide a unique perspective on Mississippi during the summer of 1964. Taken in Jackson, Greenwood, and Philadelphia, the photographs showcase informal images of Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, Mississippi civil rights workers, and college student volunteers in the movement. Ed King’s writings offer background and insights on the motivations and work of Freedom Summer volunteers, on the racial climate of Mississippi during the late 1950s and 1960s, and the grassroots effort by black Mississippians to enter the political arena and exercise their fundamental civil rights.
King, a native of Vicksburg and a Methodist minister, was a founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and a key figure in the civil rights movement in the state in the 1960s. As one of the few white Mississippians with a leadership position in the movement, his words and photographs offer a rare behind-the-scenes chronicle of events in the state during Freedom Summer. King is a retired faculty member of the School of Health Related Professions, University of Mississippi Medical Center. Historian Trent Watts furnishes a substantial introduction to the volume and offers background on the Freedom Summer campaign as well as a description of King’s civil rights activism from the late 1950s to the present day.

Department(s)

English and Technical Communication

Comments

Author published as Trent Watts.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

African Americans: Civil rights: Mississippi: History, 20th century
Civil rights movements: Mississippi
History, 20th century
Civil rights workers: Mississippi: Biography
King, Ed, Rev., 1936-
Mississippi: Race relations: History, 20th century

Time Period

1950 - 1969

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

9781628461152

Electronic OCLC #

884140190

Print OCLC #

878837779

Document Type

Book

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2014 University Press of Mississippi, All rights reserved.

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