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The Mildred Downey Scholarship for Educational Travel

The SCFP has the pleasure to announce the Mildred Downey Scholarship for Educational Travel in Ms. Mildred Downey’s honor to send Freedom Summer Collegiate students to Yale University for summer programing.

Ms. Mildred Downey has been an important supporter of the Sunflower County Freedom Project since its inception in 1998. Kate Gluckman described how “before the SCFP ever sang its first song, gave out its first LEAD bead, or made its first PB&J, Mrs. Mildred Downey knew that the students of Sunflower County needed more opportunities than they were getting. She knew the power of education and how freedom can be formed in the classroom.”

In his speech, co-founder Chris Meyers Asch also alluded to Ms. Downey’s support, saying “her ideas about wisdom and character, and the necessity of being firm and sticking to your principles. There is no one like Mrs. Downey, and this Freedom Project would not have lasted twenty days, let alone twenty years without her.” We are so grateful for everything Ms. Downey has contributed to our organization, allowing us to grow into a thriving SCFP community. Thank you miss Downey! 

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Week 2

Hey y'all! Week 1 of Freedom Summer was busy, sweaty, and rewarding. With class discussions and intense basketball games on the slab, Freedom Fellows set the pace for an intense summer. Coming up this week, the Freedom Fellows will run their Monday Mile again, this week trying to improve the time they set on their first try. The Creative Clubs are in full swing, including Fashion, Airplanes, Global Struggles, Social Justice and Rap, and Martial Arts. Freedom Fellows are preparing for their final presentations that will be showcased at the Student Showcase during SCFP's 20th Anniversary Celebration June 22nd. In Rhetoric class, Fellows are beginning to prepare for the Speech and Mock Trial Debates happening at the beginning of July, and students are continuing to work hard in both Reading and Math, learning Civil Rights history and current events through both literature and the study of ratios. 

On rainy Monday mornings it's hard to find energy. But this morning, Freedom Fellows started off the week with an interesting discussion about the original Freedom Summer, Robert "Bob" Moses, and the importance of love in leadership. Although still a bit sleepy from the weekend, we're all pumped to start Week 2!! Updates to come! 

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B.B. King Museum

As a part of the "How Do We Respond to Music" class in the Freedom Summer Collegiate program, Freedom Fellows traveled to the B.B. King Museum this afternoon. Students wandered through the museum with the question: "How did life in the Delta influence B.B. King's music?" on their minds. Afterwards, Professor Zitzow-Childs gathered the Freedom Fellows to discuss. The Fellows discussed how B.B. King's sense of community from his church background influenced his ensemble of musicians, how the reflection of struggle in his music allowed a range of listeners to identify with it, and how music can be a form of refuge, especially in connection to the life in the Delta. Fellows enjoyed mixing their own music in the recording studios, and got to visit B.B. King's grave! A great field trip with the Summer Collegiate Freedom Fellows. 

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SEVENTH GRADE

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SEVENTH GRADE

This week, Seventh Grade Freedom Fellows started off strong by learning about the culture of the SCFP: L.E.A.D. values (Love, Education, Action, and Discipline), ran their first Monday Mile, and were stars in Rhetoric, Reading, and Math.  In Reading, students are reading Roll of Thunder Hear Me Cry or Ghost Boys. In math, they're applying ratio lessons to understanding more of the inner workings of the education system in the Delta, and in Rhetoric they are finding their voices through introductions to public speaking in mock debates, persuasive writing, and even raps. 

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Monday Mile 

Mr. Dennis runs alongside Ms. Kern during the Monday Mile. The kids braved the heat to complete their first mile as a baseline for progress and cutting down their running time during the duration of Freedom Summer.

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Reading

Mr. Coleman and Mr. Perkins read Gathering of Old Men and Dear Martin in Mr. Van Horn's class. Freedom Fellows are learning about the Black Lives Matter movement and the Civil Rights Movement through literature.

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