Voting is a basic right and a fundamental expression of our freedom. This summer marked the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer. During the summer of 1964, people across the state of Mississippi, from up north and around the nation engaged in a statewide initiative that focused on voter registration, voter education and electoral empowerment. This effort brought together unions, clergy, civic and fraternal organizations and everyday citizens who believed in the right of all Americans to participate in the electoral process. We have a chance to make our voices heard in this upcoming midterm election across the state of Texas. However, we can’t be heard if we do not register to vote or go to the polls. Fifty years later we are commemorating Freedom Summer by inviting nonprofit organizations, civic minded organizations, clergy, and churches to join us for Freedom Sunday October 26, 2014.
Freedom Sunday is a non-partisan statewide voter turnout initiative. African – American churches, civic organizations and committed citizens played a pivotal role fifty years ago in Freedom Summer. Our current institutions represent the rich legacy of leading our communities for change and exercising the right to vote. Churches from Dallas County to Smith County to Jefferson County are committed to increasing voter turnout. Fraternities, sororities and civic groups have joined this effort as well. We are inviting all Texans to join us in holding voter registration drives, candidate forums, and supporting Freedom Sunday by engaging in the Calendar of Activities and committing to showing up at the polls on Sunday, October 26, 2014!