Fall 2008 Issue

Freedom of Expression

Barry University’s Fine Arts department presented “The Left Hand Singing” by Atlanta-based playwright Barbara Lebow. The January 31 – February 3 production, which involved both students and local actors, chronicles the lives of three college students preparing to take part in Freedom Summer. During the summer of 1964, thousands of civil rights activists, many of them white college students from the North, descended on Mississippi and other Southern states to try to register black voters.

Freedom Summer activists faced threats and harassment throughout the campaign but the summer's most infamous act of violence was the murder of three young civil rights workers.

Interspersed among the scenes with the college students were the stories of their parents, as they deal with the disappearance of their children, the discovery that they have died, and the realization that they need to model their own lives after the example their children set.