Movie depictions of the Civil Rights movement tend to show the exploits of a few prominent men: the recent film, “Selma,” for example focuses on the dialog between Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Lyndon Johnson. But, as with any social movement, such events were, in truth, built on the hard work, and in some cases, the lives of thousands of unknowns. In 1964, on the heels of the murder of activist Louis Allen, the Council of Federated Organizations, launched the Mississippi Summer Project, which became known as the “Freedom Summer.” A new book “Risking Everything,” from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, chronicles the Freedom Summer, not from an academic hindsight perspective, but entirely from first-person accounts and original documents. Editor Michael Edmonds joined the Buzz on Monday, March 9.
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