Meg Redden (Peggy Ewan)

CORE, 1964, Louisiana
Current Residence: Half Moon Bay, CA

Freedom Summer ~ A Memoir

I spent the summer of 1964 in southern Louisiana working on a CORE voter registration project. We canvassed the rural areas of Point Coupee Parish, talking to residents there in an attempt to get them registered to vote. The first step was to convince them to come to a clinic where we were teaching them how to navigate the complicated Jim Crow restrictions of the Lousiana Voter Application.

We did get a few people registered and collected a lot of evidence for the future. When the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 I felt that we had done some good, however recent events have been discouaging. I placed some information with the Wisconsin Historical Society, wrote a memoir which ran in the Half Moon Bay Review and spoke to the local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

This experience remains one of the most outstanding ones of my life, although I regrettably have not been active in the Movement since then.


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