In 1964, 65 homes and buildings in Mississippi were burned or bombed, including 35 churches, according to John Dittmer's book, "Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi".
As part of Black History Month and Indiana State University's American Democracy Project, Dittmer will speak at ISU on Feb. 4.
Dittmer, professor emeritus of history at DePauw University, will present "The Brown Decision, Freedom Summer in Mississippi and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement" in the ISU Science Building, room 012, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. Sponsored by ISU's Department of History, the event is free and open to the public.
An acclaimed civil rights historian and former history teacher at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, Dittmer is the author of Black Georgia in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920. Dittmer, who joined DePauw in 1985, is a recipient of the Herbert G. Gutman Award, the Lillian Smith Book Award, the McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society and the Bancroft Prize.