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Activities Associated with Faces of Freedom Summer,
The Exhibit and the Book

Book Reviews of Faces of Freedom Summer:

Choice.

Library Journal.

Southern Scribe.

Journal of Mississippi History.

Jan. 2001 -- Faces of Freedom Summer, photographs by Herbert Randall, text by Bobs M. Tusa, published by the University of Alabama Press. Photographs from the Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photograph Collection in the USM Archives.

Herbert Randall is a gifted African and Native American photographer who spent his 1964 John Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship for Creative Photography in Hattiesburg, Mississippi during Freedom Summer. He took 1,759 photographs of all of the Freedom Summer activities -- voter registration canvassing, Freedom Schools, community centers, volunteers assaulted by segregationists, caucuses of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and performances given by the Free Southern Theater and traveling folksingers. In 1998 Herbert Randall donated the negatives to the Archives of The University of Southern Mississippi, which honored him and his family, former SNCC and CORE workers, volunteers, and local people, with the opening in June 1999 of the exhibit "Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall" at the USM Museum of Art. The book consists of the same 102 photographs in the exhibit, now traveling the United States, with a historical introduction by USM University Archivist Bobs Tusa.

Feb. 9 -- Tuscaloosa, Alabama:

Herbert Randall and Bobs Tusa talk to Journalism classes at the University of Alabama about Randall's experiences photographing Freedom Summer in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1964 and the making of the book Faces of Freedom Summer, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (Reese-Phifer Hall, room 344).

Faces of Freedom Summer book-signing (Herbert Randall and Bobs Tusa) at the EKH Church Supplies and Bookstore, 2109 University Blvd., 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 10 -- Kick-off party for the Faces of Freedom Summer book hosted by the publisher, the University of Alabama Press, at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The BCRI is located at 520 16th Street North in Birmingham, Alabama. There will be a panel presentation 1:00-4:00 on the subject of "Milestones on the Road to Equality". The panelists will be the following University of Alabama Press authors:

Dr. Charles Eagles (University of Mississippi professor of history and author of Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, UNC Press 1993; UofA Press 2000) -- on Daniels and other Northern volunteers in the Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. Glenn Feldman (assistant professor at the Center for Labor Education and Research at UofA-Birmingham and author of Politics, Society, and the Klan in Alabama, 1915-1949, UofA Press 1999) -- on the Klan in the South.

Paul Hemphill (native of Birmingham, journalist, and author of Leaving Birmingham: Notes of a Native Son, UofA Press 2000) -- on reactions of Birmingham to the Civil Rights Movement.

Herbert Randall (photographer and co-author of Faces of Freedom Summer, UofA Press 2001) -- on his experiences photographing Freedom Summer 1964 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Dr. Bobs Tusa (University Archivist at the University of Southern Mississippi and co-author of Faces of Freedom Summer, UofA Press 2001) -- on how Herbert Randall's Freedom Summer photographs came to the USM Archives.

Feb. 15 -- The exhibit "Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall" returns to the USM Museum of Art.

Feb. 16 - Apr. 29 -- Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers", Brooklyn Museum of Art. Exhibit including the work of Herbert Randall. "An exhibition of nearly 200 works by ninety-four photographers, who have exhibited internationally, nationally, and regionally, it includes cutting-edge images, portraiture, domestic scenes, street stories, nature, performers, and political issues."

Feb. 20 -- Faces of Freedom Summer book-signing (Bobs Tusa), reception, and panel of local Freedom Summer leaders, Hattiesburg Public Library, 5:30-7:30. The panel of Hattiesburg leaders of Freedom Summer will include:

Introduction, Dr. Bobs Tusa.

Moderator, Dr. Anthony Harris (Freedom School student, Civil Rights activist, currently assistant to the president of USM).

Mrs. Raylawni Branch (secretary, Forret County NAACP in the early sixties; one of the first two African American students admitted to USM the year after Freedom Summer).

Mrs. Peggy Jean Connor (MFDP executive secretary and COFO-Hattiesburg treasurer; both were also delegates to the 1964 Democratic national convention in Atlantic City).

Mr. J.C. Fairley (president, Forrest County NAACP in the early sixties).

Ms. Gracie Hawthorne (the beautiful young woman on the cover of the book; seventeen years old in 1964; did voter registration work in Hattiesburg, Jackson, and Canton).

Mrs. Jimmella Stokes Jackson (student in Freedom School class at Priest Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Palmer's Crossing taught by Sandra Adickes; initiated the first attempt to integrate the main branch of the Hattiesburg Public Library at the end of Freedom Summer).

Feb. 22 -- Faces of Freedom Summer book-signing (Bobs Tusa) and reception sponsored by the USM Libraries, in the USM Museum of Art, 3:00-5:00. The exhibit "Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall" will be on display in the Main Gallery.

Mar. 3 -- Bobs Tusa was interviewed by Rochelle Dahmer for Ms. Dahmer's "Pride of the Pine Belt" segment of WDAM-TV News (Hattiesburg, Mississippi). The interview featured the Faces of Freedom Summer book.

Mar. 18-May 13 -- "Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall" exhibit at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY. Members' Opening Reception and Talk, Saturday, March 17, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

"They came to Mississippi from everywhere that summer of 1964 to join with local African-American citizens in a national effort to make American democracy work. They would call it Mississippi Freedom Summer.

One of those who came was Herbert Eugene Randall, Jr., a young African- and Native American photographer, then twenty-eight, who came from New York City, hidden for his own safety under a blanket in the back seat of a car, to document Freedom Summer. He was not a photojournalist or a staff photographer for one of the civil rights organizations, but an artist with a camera. In the 1960s, Mississippi was one of the poorest states in the nation and had a dismal record of black voting rights violations. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) sent volunteers into Mississippi during the summer of 1964, a presidential election year, to organize an education and voter registration drive. It was Sandy Leigh, SNCC director in Hattiesburg, who persuaded Randall to spend his John Hay Whitney Fellowship for Creative Photography in Mississippi that summer.

Mississippi Freedom Summer is now considered one of the milestones of the Civil Rights Movement. Yet Randall's photographs endure as more than simply documentation of this tumultuous moment in our nation's history. They capture the human drama of people making the extraordinarily courageous decision to persistently risk their livelihood and their personal safety to claim their right to vote. These photographs show both their courage and their despair, the resoluteness and the discouragement that characterize such human endeavor.

With the exception of a few pictures released during Freedom Summer to the national wire services, most of the photographs in the exhibition have never been seen until now - not even by Randall, who did not print them at the time. In 1998, he donated the 1,759 negatives to the Archives of The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, which organized this traveling exhibition of 100 black-and-white photographs now on a national tour. . . .

Reared in the Bronx, New York, the second of three children of Herbert Randall, Sr., a factory worker, and Jane Hunter, a homemaker, Randall began taking pictures in junior college before getting married and fathering a son. He taught high school photography in New York City for fifteen years, and then in 1981 moved to the Shinnecock Indian reservation in Southampton, N.Y., where he worked as a school bus driver and custodian. Randall's photographs are included in many major museum collections in the United States, most notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Library of Congress.

The exhibition Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall has been organized by the University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, Hattiesburg, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council. Its presentation at The Parrish is made possible with generous support from the Albert and Bessie Warner Fund." (from the Museum's website at: http://thehamptons.com/museum/newsletter/spring2001/spring2001_exhibitions.html

Mar. 31 -- "Freedom Summer: A Conversation", Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, 5:00 p.m.

"Mississippi was the most racially segregated state in the South, yet in the summer of 1964, volunteers, black and white, worked together with local residents to change the course of Mississippi history. Hear five of these workers share their stories in conjunction with the exhibition of Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall. The panelists include photographer Herbert Randall; civil rights leader and Freedom Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, Rev. Victoria Gray-Adams ; Former Field Secretary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Sheila Michaels; and Freedom School teachers Dr. Sandra Adickes and Doug Tuchman. Bob Zellner, Co-Chairman of the National Civil Rights Coordinating Committee (NCRCC), moderates the panel. $5 Museum Members/ $7 non-members." (from the Museum's website at: http://thehamptons.com/museum/newsletter/spring2001/public_programs.html)

Apr. 30 -- Sheila Michaels, Kathy Lass and Chris Hexter: Freedom Summer panel at Left Bank Books, 7:00 p.m. "Left Bank Books presents a panel discussion with St. Louisans Sheila Michaels, Kathy Lass and Chris Hexter. Using the new photography book, Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall, the presenters will discuss their experiences in the South during the summer of 1964 when they joined with local African American citizens in the battle for equality." Left Bank Books is located at 399 North Euclid Street in St. Louis. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Lisa Greening at (314) 367-6731 or LisaG@primary.net.

May -- Look for Jimmie Briggs' profile of Herbert Randall in the print edition of Photo District News.

Fall 2001 -- PBS has announced for showing in the Fall the latest documentary film series from Blackside, the producers of the award-winning series on the Civil Rights Movement "Eyes on the Prize". To be entitled "This Far By Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience", it will consist of six hour-long programs, one of which will be devoted to the role of faith, ministers, and the black churches in the Civil Rights Movement. Blackside has selected several of Herbert Randall's Freedom Summer photographs to be included in this program.

Fall 2001 -- CBS may use the Faces of Freedom Summer book as a prop in an episode of their Sunday night show "The Education of Max Bickford". In the episode, a fellow teacher of Professor Max Bickford says that she was involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Bickford, played by Richard Dreyfuss, tries to confirm her statement by consulting several books about the Movement spread out on a table. One of them may be the Faces of Freedom Summer. Or, we'll get left on the cutting room floor!

November 1-30, 2001 -- "Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall - An Exhibition", Amelie A. Wallace Gallery of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury. With panel discussion on Thursday, November 1, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Panelists are photographer Herbert Randall, former SNCC Field Secretary of the Hattiesburg project Sheila Michaels, and Hattiesburg Freedom School teachers Douglas Tuchman and Dr. Luther Seabrook.




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