Despite Everything, Vol. 2 no. 1

Alan Dutscher

Amistad Research Center

Amistad Research Center
New Orleans, United States

Freedom Summer (also known as the Mississippi Summer Project) was a campaign launched in June 1964 to attempt to register as many African American voters as possible in Mississippi. The project also set up dozens of Freedom Schools, Freedom Houses, and community centers in small towns throughout Mississippi to aid the local Black population. The project was organized by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), a coalition of the Mississippi branches of the four major civil rights organizations (SNCC, CORE, NAACP and SCLC). Most of the impetus, leadership, and financing for the Summer Project came from SNCC, which was directed by SNCC field secretary and COFO co-director Robert Parris Moses. Displayed here is the cover of the July 1964 issue of the Berkeley, California, underground publication Despite Everything, which provided an appeal for and commentary on the project.


  • Title: Despite Everything, Vol. 2 no. 1
  • Creator: Alan Dutscher
  • Subject Keywords: Mississippi Freedom Summer Project
  • Type: document
  • Rights: Physical rights are retained by the Amistad Research Center. The materials in this exhibition are being made available for personal and scholarly research use only. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws. If you are the rightful copyright holder of an item represented in this exhibition and wishes to have it removed, please submit a request to reference@amistadresearchcenter.org including proof of ownership and clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.
  • Repository: Amistad Research Center
  • Extent: 11 p.
  • Date: 1964
  • Collection: John O'Neal papers

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