National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History and PBS’s American Experience (with support from the NEH) will present a virtual National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer on February 5th at 12pm EST. The webcast, hosted from the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, will feature a panel discussion led by civil rights activists, historians, and students. The panel and students will discuss Freedom Summer, the 1964 effort to end the political disenfranchisement and educational inequality of African Americans in the Deep South, which was driven by youths. They will then turn to the present and discuss the roles young people can play in shaping America’s future.

Students across the country can participate in the summit through an online chat. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their ability to be active and engaged citizens. The summit includes resources for teachers available online, such as lesson plans and materials for teachers to use before, during, and after the webcast to help make the summit an effective learning experience.

Teachers can register for the summit now. Watch the trailer for the NEH-funded film Freedom Summer.