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Freedom Summer 50th events continue in Hattiesburg

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Actors Michael Marks and Brenda Parker perform a scene from the film, "Driving Miss Daisy," at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center Saturday. Actors Michael Marks and Brenda Parker perform a scene from the film, "Driving Miss Daisy," at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center Saturday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer are continuing in Hattiesburg. 

Freedom Summer was an initiative in 1964 which encouraged black residents to register to vote.

On Saturday, the Hattiesburg Arts Council hosted a gospel brunch at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center which focused on issues related to Freedom Summer. The event also featured a live performance of selected scenes from the film, Driving Miss Daisy

A discussion on the progress of race relations followed the performance.

"I think the conversation today was, how do we come together, as African-Americans, as Caucasians, Jews, as mature people, as young people, for the common good of all mankind," said Jennifer Steele, discussion moderator.

"This play prompted a lot of discussion and a lot of questions that we have and concerns that we have," said Rebekah Stark Johnson, executive director of the Hattiesburg Arts Council. "And I feel like we really had a great discussion and that's what the Cultural Center really needs to have is opportunities to learn something new," she said.

Also Saturday, Mt. Zion Baptist Church hosted a Freedom Summer seminar on slavery, reconstruction and the 1890 Mississippi Constitution.

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