(I would like my name displayed so that I have an opportunity to catch up with people with whom I worked in Ruleville and Indianola, MS)
SNCC (COFO) in Ruleville, Sunflower County, MS in June and part of July, 1964 and in Indianola, Sunflower County, MS in Part of July and August, 1964. Prior activity in 1963 with CORE in St. Louis, MO and after 1964 with a SNCC Support organization in Madison, WI.
I don't have the space here to say all that my work in Mississippi did to shape my life. Suffice it to say for now that within a few years before Mississippi in 1964 and thereafter my life and decisions have been shaped by the desire to participate in making the true city on the Hill for all persons.
I had a long and continuous relationship with Ms Hamer whose home I visited in Mississippi for several years after 1963 and managed to also see here if she was ever in striking distance of where I was when I wasn't in Mississippi.
My family choices in terms of adoption, where I live and the type of work I do continue to be influenced by my work in Mississippi. The idea of collecting information on the whereabouts of each person who worked in Mississippi and those who live in Mississippi and were touched in some way by the activities of the summer of 1964 very much appeals to me. A good place to start would be the collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society where I worked in the summer between June 1969-June, 1970 in part gathering the original materials of many of the people who did work in Mississippi.
I will be speaking on a panel about the Mississippi Summer Project impact as I see it, on the Country and me personally on April 30, 2001 at Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63108 in conjunction in conjunction with the publication of Faces of Freedom Summer about the summer of 1964 in Hattiesburg, MS. I would look forward to hearing from people who worked in Sunflower County during the 1964 Summer Project many of whom I missed last June due to a long standing conflicting book editing project I have been engaged in for several years.
Thanks for creating this site. Chris Hexter