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Wednesdays in MississippiProper Ladies Working for Radical Change, Freedom Summer 1964$
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Debbie Z. Harwell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460957

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460957.001.0001

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Beyond Freedom Summer

Beyond Freedom Summer

(p.140) Chapter Six Beyond Freedom Summer
Wednesdays in Mississippi

Debbie Z. Harwell

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter Six explains how WIMS evolved into a professional exchange in 1965, sending interracial, interfaith teams of teachers, psychologists, librarians, and others and paired them with southern professional women. It discusses WIMS’s work with Head Start, the University of Mississippi Summer Institute, Pax Christi, and the Philadelphia to Philadelphia Project. It also explores how the WIMS teams continued working woman-to-woman, using their gender, age, and class to open doors closed to radicals. In 1966, Wednesdays in Mississippi became Workshops in Mississippi, a need-based initiative that addressed hunger, housing, education, and unemployment, and empowered local women by teaching them how to write grant proposals to obtain government assistance. This section focuses on two long-term initiatives to grow out of WIMS, Operation Daily Bread and Turnkey III, a housing program still in effect that enables low income families to become homeowners. Lastly, it explores the impact of the Black Power movement.

Keywords:   Professional women, Workshops in Mississippi, Head Start, Housing, Turnkey III, Hunger, Operation Daily Bread

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