Michael Lipsky

Mississippi volunteer, Aug 1963, Summer 1964
9627 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
Email: michael.lipsky@icloud.com

I was introduced to Movement work in the summer of 1963 when I spent several weeks helping to edit the Mississippi Free Press in Jackson.

In 1964 I trained for Freedom Summer in Oxford, and was there when news came that Cheney, Schwerner and Goodman were missing. I participated with other SNCC volunteers in work at Atlantic City that summer, and spent August in Holly Springs, MS. At the Freedom House I canvassed and spent a lot of time on radio communications.

My involvement with SNCC changed my life.

In the fall of 1964 I organized Friends of SNCC in Princeton, NJ, where I was going to graduate school. We raised a great deal of money for SNCC that year. In addition I worked on civil rights issues at the university and in town.

I've taught political science at Wisconsin and MIT, worked as a grants officer at the Ford Foundation, and been affiliated with Demos, the public policy think tank in New York. How American society responds to sustained inequality has been the focus of my work all these years.


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