Freedom Summer and Beyond: Canton - posted September 03, 2014
Local veterans of the Civil Rights Movement John Brown and Dr. William Truly will be featured at a free program in Canton that will also include presentations on the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum now under construction in Jackson and the collections of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Freedom Summer and Beyond: Canton will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, at Under the Skies.
Brown, a participant in the 1966 March Against Fear, will discuss the Civil Rights Movement in Canton, and Dr. Truly, Canton NAACP president and longtime local physician, will discuss the struggles of African American doctors during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
In addition, Glen Cotton, director of the Freedom House in Canton, will welcome attendees, and Vicki McNeil, former Canton chief of police, will deliver the invocation. Flonzie Goodloe Brown-Wright, the first African American woman to hold public office in Mississippi, will moderate the panel discussion.
Freedom Summer and Beyond: Canton is made possible through a partnership between the Canton Chapter of the NAACP, MDAH, and the Mississippi Humanities Council. Call 601-576-6850 for more information. The restaurant Under the Skies is located at 105 Depot Drive in the farmers market building at Peace Street and the railroad tracks in Canton.