I was a Sophmore in college when I went to Orangeburg, South Caroline with the American Friends Service Committe summer voter registration project. Working with local folks in Orangeburg, we did voter registration in rural areas and ran a Freedom School for the kids during June-August, 1964. There were about 25 of us. Unfortunately I have lost touch with everyone from that summer.
It changed my life. I became a professor of Sociology with my doctoral dissertation and most of my research focused on social movements and social change. I am now Executive Director of a national student organizing project, Democracy Matters, which fights for full public financing for candidates for electoral offices.
Joan D. Mandle, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Democracy Matters
Associate Professor of Sociology, Colgate University
"Change Elections. Change America"