Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019

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Date of Graduation

Spring 2019


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Department of History


Raymond M. Hyser

Philip D. Dillard

Alison D. Sandman


This paper investigates the “freedom schools” of the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964. It argues through a combination of a powerfully designed curriculum, the implementation of student-centered pedagogy, and a focus on relationship building and personal efficacy, freedom school students were given the skills and confidence needed to become young leaders in their communities and bring change to Mississippi. Through this paper, I hope to encourage current educators apply freedom school principles and practices in their own classrooms to inspire our students in the same way.




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