HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An educator, author and Hattiesburg native was the featured speaker Tuesday during the first Freedom Dialogue lecture at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center.
Dr. Anthony Harris spoke about his memories of Freedom Summer and other issues concerning the civil rights movement.
"In 1964, Hattiesburg was sort of a hot spot, as I call it, for the civil rights movement," said Harris. "All across the South, there were so many things going on, but in Mississippi, the light shone on Hattiesburg," he said.
The dialogues are a series of lectures that will take place over the next few months that will focus on Freedom Summer and other civil rights events that happened in Hattiesburg.
Freedom Summer was an initiative in 1964 which focused on registering black citizens to vote.
"We really wanted to engage the community, we want to learn from (civil rights) veterans, so it's a lunch and learn series," said Latoya Norman, museum manager for the Hattiesburg Convention Commission. "If you come, you'll have lunch and then we'll have a speaker for each dialogue," she said.
Three more Freedom Dialogues will be held on the first Tuesday of March, April and May, also at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center. In June, Hattiesburg will host a three-day conference on Freedom Summer.