Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership Camp

Honoring the 60th Year Anniversary of Freedom Summer

This camp is for 7th and 8th graders with the goals of:

  • Cultivating their interests and passions to become engaged and responsible citizens in their community.
  • Enhancing students’ understanding of representative democracy and their role and responsibilities as citizens.
  • Strengthening their leadership skills and confidence to help generate ideas and solve problems for the betterment of their communities.

The camp will include interactive activities, guest speakers, tours of historical sites and action civics brainstorming sessions focusing on the importance of civic engagement.  Over the course of the camp, based on personal interest, students will identify a community need and create a plan to address it.  On July 20th at Noon there will be a Community Showcase where students will present their projects.  The camp is in partnership with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Black Studies and School of Education.

There is no cost to participate. Lunch and snacks will be provided each day.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

For more information call 601-450-1942 or email



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On January 22, 1964 one of the largest Civil Rights campaigns known as Freedom Day, focusing on voting rights was launched.

In June of that year, hundreds of college students from the North travel to the South, particularly Mississippi, to join African American Civil Rights activists in the fight for voting rights. The Mississippi Movement was led by COFO, a coalition comprising SNCC, CORE, NAACP, and SCLC, all organizations advocating for the equality and enfranchisement of African Americans.

In July and August 1964, COFO volunteers and workers established Freedom Schools, many of which were held in local churches such as Mount Zion Baptist Church and True Light Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. Over 600 children in Hattiesburg attended these schools. While there were only about 90 volunteers from the North in Hattiesburg to register African Americans to vote, there were roughly 3,000 local participants in the voter registration drive. There were 25 different site locations throughout the state. Hattiesburg was the largest Freedom Summer site in Mississippi.