I spent summer 1965 in Greenwood MS at the Pax Christi Mission center. I was part of a team from Dominican University sent to do a survey that resulted in a $10million grant from MTDA to set up 18 trade schools in MS.
I also taught head start and worked with youth. There were SNCC volunteers in Greedwood, of course, so eventually we met them.
When I returned to Chicago, I worked on the open housing campaign largely organized by SCLC. I was active in the anti-Vietnam movement, a draft counselor, now for decades a union organizer.
In summer 2015 I went back to Greenwood for a reunion with some of the people I worked with and some of the community people. Certainly the summer in MS changed my life in ways only rivaled by 10 weeks doing construction in Cuba some years later.
Copyright, Jane Duggan, 2015.