Planning Committee

Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference Organized by: 
Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc., Mississippi State Chapter, NAACP, and 

Tougaloo College


National Chairman
Mr. Hollis Watkins

Co-Chairs
Mr. Derrick Johnson
Mr. Henry “Hank” Thomas

Honorary Co-Chairs
Attorney Rita Schwerner Bender
Mr. Ben Chaney
Congressman James Clyburn
Mr. Dave Dennis
Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman
Mr. David Goodman
Dr. Beverly Hogan
Congressman John Lewis
Dr. Robert “Bob” Moses
Congressman Bennie Thompson

Youth Congress Co-Chairs
Dr. Daphne Chamberlain
Ms. Crystal Mattison
Mr. Albert Sykes

Event Director
Ms. Cynthia Goodloe Palmer

Committee Members

Rev. Rims Barber, Rev. Willie Blue, Mr. Owen Brooks, Atty. Taurean Buchanan, Mr. C.O. Chinn, Mr. Charlie Cobb, 
Ms. Natalie Collier, Mr. Mac Arthur Cotton, Mr. Courtland Cox,
Mrs. Lisa Deer, Mr. Frank Figgers, Mr. Danny Glover, Mr. Jessie Harris, Ms. Jan Hillegas, Atty. Timothy Jenkins,  
Mr. D’Quincy Johnson, Mrs. Frankye Adams Johnson, Mr. CJ Jones, 
Mr. Roscoe Jones, Ms. Margaret Kibbee, Rev. Ed King, Ms. Dorie Ladner, Ms. Nsombi Lambright, Ms. Marilyn Lowen,
Mr. Charles McLaurin, Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, Mr. Keith McMillian,
Mr. Dick Molpus, Rev. Julia Chaney Moss, Mr. Jed Oppenheim, Mr. George “Chuck” Patterson, Mr. Larry Rubin, Dr. Ollye Shirley, 
Ms. Cynthia Dorsey Smith, Dr. Frank Smith, Dr. Robert “Bob” Smith,   Dr. Delores Bolden Stamps, 
Mr. Bobby Talbert, Ms. Harriet Tanzman, Mr. Brandon Taylor, 
Ms. Brenda Travis,  Rev. Annie Travis, Precious Vines, Atty. Ashley Wicks, Ms. Flonzie Brown Wright, Mr. Lew Zuchman