Iowans Return to Freedom Summer
 
 

In a recent article in the New York Times, a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center pointed out that "across the country, state educational standards virtually ignore our Civil Rights history."

Keeping History Alive Foundation (KHAF) was founded by Patti Miller for the purpose of keeping the history of the modern Civil Rights Movement alive. Philosopher, poet, literary and cultural critic, George Santayana is quoted as saying "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

One of missions of KHAF is to support young people, our leaders of tomorrow, to learn from our Civil Rights history and to discover their own ways to lead our country into a more enlightened future.

The documentary Return to Freedom Summer is KHAF's most current project.  Once finished, both the documentary and an accompanying book written by Patti Miller, will be available as Patti continues to share the stories of Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement on high school and college campuses.

Ms. Miller is an Iowa native who became involved in the Civil Rights movement when she was a student at Drake University in the mid-1960s. The following excerpt from her website: keepinghistoryalive.com describes her involvement.

"In the midst of a sweltering Mississippi summer, hundreds of passionate and intrepid young activists, many who were white Northern college students, made history by catapulting the Civil Rights Movement into the national spotlight during what is now known as Freedom Summer."

Patti and other Iowans, including Richard Beymer, Marcia Moore, Marvin Gatch, Stephen Smith, and Shel Stromquist, professor emeritus of history at the University of Iowa, will be featured in Return to Freedom Summer. All were Freedom Summer volunteers in 1964.