It is amazing to finally be able to hold and feel Buy the Book Blaze Orange on Amazon the book I have been working on for almost two years. I first need to say thank you to my publisher, Wisconsin Historical Society Press and to the printer, Worzalla. The quality of this book is unparalleled, even higher than I expected. The look and feel from front to back is impeccable. I had a lot of say in the making of Blaze Orange,
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a movement to open the polls to blacks in Mississippi and end the state’s white supremacy.
Freedom Summer was organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which recruited 700 college students—mostly white students from the North—to come down to Mississippi to help African Americans register to vote.
A new documentary called Freedom Summer airs on PBS tomorrow. The film’s director Stanley Nelson, and longtime journalist and one of Freedom Summer’s organizers Charles Cobb joined Fresh Air to discuss the movement. Cobb explains how SNCC trained the students for their entry into the violent South:
Charles Cobb: We could show people how best to try and protect yourself from actual physical [harm] – what to do if you’re attacked by a mob, how to cover your body, how to protect somebody who you’re with without engaging in fistfights or whipping out a pistol… We could show people how to do that. We had some experience in that because we all came out of the sit-in movement and were used to being surrounded by mobs of hostile whites.
Schools are important social institutions but they only came into existence in early Wisconsin once a critical mass of parents was willing to hire a teacher. On June 20, 1828, Electa Quinney became Wisconsin’s first public school teacher. Writer Karyn Saemann tells us about this well-educated woman from the Stockbridge Indian tribe.
Karyn Saemann is a journalist and author of Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher.
My Life with the Green and Gold by Jessie Garcia is a “sports mom-oir” that chronicles the trailblazing sportscaster’s career covering the Packers as well as her experience as a working mom. Not many parents can say they’ve changed their child’s diaper in the tunnel at Lambeau Field…