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Saturday: Freedom Summer block party at Westgate Park

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In the summer of 1964, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) launched Freedom Summer "to draw the nation's attention to the violent oppression experienced by Mississippi blacks who attempted to exercise their constitutional rights." They built a grassroots freedom movement that was a key element in dismantling the Jim Crow system in the American South.

50 years later, youth-led groups in central Ohio recognize that deeply-ingrained systems of injustice tend to morph into new forms that must be confronted. The Ohio Student Association and Pursuing Our Dreams have partnered together to kick off Freedom Summer 2014 with a community block party on Saturday, June 7 at Westgate Park, 455 South Westgate Avenue in Columbus.

From 7 to 11 p.m. there will be live music, dancing, food, poetry, open mic, and many more activities for all ages to enjoy. The fun will have a serious purpose: building collective power to overcome injustices that persist in the 21st century, including economic inequality, mass incarceration, and voter suppression.

For more information, contact arickajturner@gmail.com.

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