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Coe alums to discuss remarkable 1962 Mississippi service project during Common Hour presentation

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2014-09-08 14:04:23 - General

Several alumni who participated in a summer service project to the Deep South during the civil rights era will present "The Coe Summer Service Project in Mississippi 1962, One Year after the Freedom Riders, Two Years before Freedom Summer." The Common Hour discussion will be held on Friday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. It is open to the public at no charge.

From "service refused" at two restaurants in Memphis on their journey south, to a night held incommunicado in a small-town jail, the members of the 1962 Coe Summer Service Project had a remarkable learning experience at a time just before the civil rights movement came to a boil. While staying at Tougaloo Southern Christian College, they worked in Jackson, Miss., and the surrounding rural area.

Their engaging host held evening seminars and invited guests such as Medgar Evers. The group focused on understanding the people, community, customs, attitudes, institutions and organizations, while absorbing the atmosphere and learning about themselves.

The program will feature Vicki Burroughs Bixler '62, Phil Ensley '65, Sally Fels Meyers '64, Dorothy McCarter Quiggin '62, Bill Schalk '65 and Jean Johnson Sidner '62. Ensley, Bixler and Sidner were jailed overnight "on suspicion."

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