Freedom Is A Constant Struggle

An Anthology of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

Edited by Susie Erenrich

Introduction by Susie Erenrich

Freedom Is A Constant Struggle

An Anthology of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

Edited by Susie Erenrich

Introduction by Susie Erenrich

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With contributions from more than 80 participants, Freedom Is A Constant Struggle is one of the most comprehensive books ever published about the civil rights movement in Mississippi. The anthology focuses on the critical year of 1964, when civil rights workers were beaten, jailed, and murdered, yet freedom schools were established, thousands registered to vote, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenged segregated elections. The participants of Freedom Summer have gracefully aged. Some have died. In this book, their stories are told in an unprecedented array of songs, articles, photographs, and drawings, collectively recounting the fierce battle to bring equal rights to Mississippi. Much of the content is controversial. All of it is riveting, eyewitness history.

Contributors include Victoria Gray Adams, George Ballis, Rita Schwerner Bender, Julian Bond, Guy and Candie Carawan, Ben Chaney, Charlie Cobb, Judy Collins, Sis Cunningham, Dave Dennis, Bob Dylan, Marion Wright Edelman, Myrlie Evers, James Forman, Carolyn Goodman, Joanne Grant, Dick Gregory, Lawrence Guyot, Matt Herron, Marshall Jones, Matthew Jones, William Kunstler, Dorie Ladner, Mark Lane, John Lewis, Jerry Mitchell, Mamie Till Mobley, Bob Moses, Jack Newfield, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Pete Seeger, Cleveland Sellers, Bob Zellner, Howard Zinn, and many others.

Victoria Gray Adams

George Ballis

Rita Schwerner Bender

Julian Bond

Candie Carawan

Guy Carawan

Ben Chaney

Charles Cobb

Judy Collins

Sis Cunningham

Dave Dennis

Bob Dylan

Marian Edelman

Myrlie Evers-Williams

James Forman

Carolyn Goodman

Joanne Grant

Dick Gregory

Lawrence Guyot

Matt Herron

Marshall Jones

Matthew Jones

William Kunstler

Dorie Ladner

Mark Lane

John Lewis

Jerry Mitchell

Mamie Till Mobley

Bob Moses

Jack Newfield

Phil Ochs

Tom Paxton

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Pete Seeger

Cleveland Sellers

Bob Zellner

Howard Zinn

About the Author/Editor

SUSIE ERENRICH is a social movement history documentarian who uses the arts for social change. Her career in nonprofit/arts management and community organizing spans more than four decades. She is the editor of The Cost of Freedom: Voicing a Movement After Kent State 1970, Kent & Jackson State 1970–1990, and Grassroots Leadership & the Arts for Social Change. Erenrich is also the producer and host of Wasn't That a Time: Stories & Songs That Moved the Nation, a community radio broadcast on WERA. She serves the International Leadership Association as editor of The Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change Corner.