Dorothy Zellner knew Mississippi would be bad in the summer of 1964. It was a Southern state known for oppressive injustice against Black citizens, but her need to help reverse the problem was unrelenting. Thus, with one thousand other college students, she signed up with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, joining Black activists in the South to carry out voting-rights campaigns during “Freedom Summer.” . . .
Over the summer, dozens of SNCC workers were beaten. Scores of Black churches and homes were bombed or burned. Zellner, in an American Experience episode, described her dismay: “I knew it was going to be bad. I didn’t dream for a minute that people would be killed. But it was always in the back of everybody’s mind that something—bad things—were going to happen. So, it was terrifying.” How, then, did young volunteers respond? Many called on God.
—Patricia Raybon, “Summer Epiphanies,” The Upper Room Disciplines 2022: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
—Psalm 17:6 (NIV)
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