This year, Miami will mark the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1964 when more than 800 volunteers gathered at the Western College (now part of Miami’s campus) to train and prepare for registering African American voters in Mississippi. That fateful Freedom Summer became the catalyst for much progress and change in our nation. As we finalize plans for those events, the anniversary has inspired a broader theme.
Celebrating Freedom: Understanding the Past, Building the Future is a university-wide, year-long event—from Fall 2013 through Fall 2014—that provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made and the efforts yet to come in the United States and globally to ensure the freedom and dignity of all people. The Celebration will focus on issues and topics such as civil rights, immigration, voting rights, women’s rights, gay rights, freedom of speech, human rights, and others—all related to the basic right of freedom.