As a young African American child, Anthony Harris, PhD, had few educational opportunities. This was by design. The Jim Crow laws of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, kept his elementary school underfunded and poorly supplied. Then came the summer of 1964. At a Freedom School set up by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Harris and friends read books and staged plays. Suddenly blessed with enrichment activities, Harris took guitar lessons from Pete Seeger, the renowned folk singer, who had come to Mississippi to volunteer. . . .
Freedom School “planted a seed in my mind that things are going to change, things are going to be different,” said Harris in a 2014 documentary. “And Freedom Summer helped to give us that courage; it helped to give us that hope.”
—Patricia Raybon, “Summer Epiphanies,” The Upper Room Disciplines 2022: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!
—Psalm 42:5-6 (NLT)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, inspire us to always seek you. Help us to fight racism and to demonstrate your love for all people. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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