The world's eyes were on Mississippi during the summer of 1964, when civil rights activists launched an ambitious African American voter registration project and were met with violent resistance from white supremacists. Sue Sojourner and her husband arrived in Holmes County, Mississippi, in the wake of this historic time, known as "Freedom Summer".
From September 1964 until her departure from the state in 1969, Sojourner collected an incredible number of documents, oral histories, and photographs chronicling the dramatic events that she witnessed. In this remarkable audiobook, written in collaboration with Cheryl Reitan, Sojourner presents a fascinating account of one of the civil rights movement's most active and broad-based community organizing operations in the South.
Thunder of Freedom unites Sojourner's personal experiences with her insights regarding the dynamics of race relations in the 1960s South, providing readers with a unique look at the struggle for rights and equality in Mississippi. This profound book tells the powerful, often intimate stories of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things.
The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks. The book is published by The University Press of Kentucky.
“Captures the struggles, the stories, and the spirit of the movement and the community organizing that brought about great change in that time and place.” (Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund)
"An informative read that provides important analysis and firsthand accounts of the human rights movement in Mississippi." (The Griot)