Freedom Summer: Faith and Activism
In the spring of 1964 I was a very unlikely candidate for the Civil Rights Movement. I agreed with its goals, but had no intention of joining the struggle to achieve them. That was for smart people, not for me. Besides, I planned to be a teacher, not a politician.
At a United Campus Christian Fellowship conference I learned about Freedom Summer and the need for leaders of music, drama, and recreation for young children. As one of my students was to say many years later, "There went THAT excuse!"
I worked in a community center in Vicksburg in 1964 and again in 1965. In 1967 I began teaching handicapped children in Bakersfield, CA. I found their struggle for acceptance by "normal" people very similarto the civil rights movement.