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The first page of the notebook begins: It was just two years ago that I spent a month working on the Mississippi Summer Project in Holby Springs.

Page two.
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"You Better Leave Segregation Alone"
From the "Nashville Sit-in Story"
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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"Scene on the Mayor’s Steps"
From the "Nashville Sit-in Story"
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Diary of a Civil Rights Activist
1966

The 1964 Mississippi Summer Project
"It was just 2 years ago that I spent a month working on the Miss. Summer Project in Holly Springs." So reads this 1966 diary entry bycollege student Ruth Koenig, a civil rights activist from Schenectady, New York. Koenig had traveled to the segregated South during the summer of 1964 "to encourage voter registration" of African Americans. "Holly Springs," she writes, "had a volunteer staff of 35 people which made it one of the largest in the state. It was a hub of activity from which voter registration workers went out into the rural areas of 5 counties." Such activities could be hazardous, however. That summer, the Ku Klux Klan murdered three young civil rights workers in Mississippi.

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Diary (composition book), 8.5" x 7"
Cost, 25 cents
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Learn more!
· Civil Rights
· Jim Crow System
· Excerpt from Ruth Koenig's Diary
· "You Better Leave Segregation Alone"
· "Scene on the Mayor’s Steps"

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