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May 28 - 30, 2014

Chicago Freedom Summer Conference

When: May 28 - 30
Where: UIC

Co-Sponsors:  Many, Read more


Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now! Is a 3 day gathering in honor of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer ‘64. We invite activists, community leaders, students, scholars, and artist to join us in reflecting on the legacy of Freedom Summer ’64 while at the same time developing analysis, skills, and strategy to further contemporary movement building for social justice.


Prominent organizers, scholars, and artist will lead workshops, strategy sessions, and presentations on some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time.


  • 6:00-8:00p.m. Opening Keynote
    Julian Bond, Co-Founder of SNCC, first President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and former board chair of the NAACP.
    Followed by a conversation with Freedom Summer Participants
    Julian Bond, Zoharah Simmons, Dottie Zellner, Peter Orris, and Fannie Rushing
  • 8:10-10:00p.m. Film Screening
    Chicago premier of PBS documentary, “Freedom Summer,” by award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Nelson.
    See Sundance Reviews here
    See Film Trailer here
    Twitter Conversation to follow


  • 9:00-10:30 a.m. Morning Plenary
    Reflections on Freedom Struggles of the Past: Charismatic Leaders, Feminist Voices and Grassroots Organizing
  • 10:40-12:00 p.m. Mid-Morning Plenary
    Critical Struggles, Breaking Down Silos: Movement Building in 2014 and Correcting Myths about the Past
  • 12:00-12:25 p.m. Lunch Break (Box lunches available)
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunchtime Plenary
    Politics in the Age of Obama:The Laws, the Courts, the Ballot
  • 2:10-3:25 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
    • Session A, Trans-national and Indigenous Solidarity Work
    • Session B, Film Screening, “The New Black”
    • Session C, Leadership, Popular Education and Organizing Styles and Strategies: Paolo Freire, Ella Baker,
      and Education for Liberation
  • 3:30-4:50 p.m. Plenary
  • 5:00- 6:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
    • Session A, Faith-inspired Freedom Struggles and Faith-based Opposition
    • Session B, Health as a Human Right: Health, Mental Health and Radical Community Health Projects
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Movement Dilemmas” Roundtables
    30 people per dinner. Conference Participants can sign up on the Participant Information Form, which will be sent once
    online registration is completed.
  • 6:45-8:30 p.m. Dinner & Performance “Prison Cells” by Mariame Kaba and Malcolm London
    Space is Limited. Conference Participants can sign up at the registration table on May 28th. Light meal will be provided. The play is a powerful creative engagement with facts and feelings related to incarceration and using the words of incarcerated writers.
  • 9:00p.m. BIG CONFERENCE PARTY @ Chicago Art Department Gallery
    Music by the Peoples DJ Collective

FRIDAY MAY 30, 2014

  • 10:00-11:30 a.m. Morning Plenary
    Intergenerational and Youth and Campus Organizing
  • 11:40-1:00p.m. Plenary
    Why is Education the Epicenter of the Struggle for Freedom in the U.S.?
  • 1:05-1:55 p.m. Lunch (Box lunches available)
  • 2:00-3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
    • Session A, Alternative Media and Technology Tactics
    • Session B, Freedom and Work: Labor Struggles and Economic Justice
    • Session C, Fighting for the Right to the City
    • Session D, Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice & Racism
  • 4:00-5:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
    • Session A, Civil Disobedience and Civil Rights Then: Immigrant Rights and Direct Action Today
    • Session B, Anti-violence, Anti-war and Restorative Justice Work
    • Session C, Film Screening, “The Stuart Hall Project”
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m. Closing Plenary
    The Art of FREEDOM
    Artists Malcolm London and Sage Morgan-Hubbard (invited) engage the work of Angela Davis and Robin D.G. Kelley
  • 8:00-8:15 p.m. Concluding Remarks

Learn more and sign up for the conference on the Freedom Summer Conference website.