A Modest Archive of Material about Her Involvement in Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964. Virginia Steele.
A Modest Archive of Material about Her Involvement in Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964.
A Modest Archive of Material about Her Involvement in Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964.
A Modest Archive of Material about Her Involvement in Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964.
A Modest Archive of Material about Her Involvement in Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964.
A Modest Archive of Material about Her Involvement in Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964.

A Modest Archive of Material about Her Involvement in Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964.

(ca. 1964). 5 retained copies of letters (or partial letters) written by Steele in 1964 or 1965; and unsigned and undated letter for Steele from George Robbins written while he was Freedom Summering in Rueville, Mississippi, photocopy of a 3-page memo headed COFO Freedom Libraries and titled "Setting up a New Library," a retained carbon of a single-page memo from Steel seeking photos of Libraries of books in Mississippi for an article on that subject, 2 letters to Steele after her return to California from African American volunteers, and a Fine copy of "Turning Point: The 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer," a 34 page pamphlet by Frank R. Parker. The Council of Federated Action ("COFO"), formed in 1961, was a coalition of the major civil rights organization (NAACP, CORE, SCLC and SNCC) active in Mississippi. Steele, a trained librarian (MLS at UC Berkeley), volunteered for the 1964 Freedom Summer project and was tasked with setting up Freedom Libraries from donated books. She arrived in June and went back to California in September where she taught in Berkeley Public schools. The retained copies of her letters makes it clear that Steele did not feel the she had been successful in establishing Freedom Libraries. Someone has written "Stokley Carmichael" next to the following statement in one of her retained copies: "The brilliant young Negro leader who rode with me would drop under the dashboard when we drove through a settlement, afraid of being shot at if seen in the car with me. After retiringfrom teaching, Steele is credited with donating 200 acres of land to help found High Rocks Academy near Hillsboro, West Virginia. Steele died at the age of 83 in 2006. Very Good. Item #89437

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