McKnight Artist Fellow, Creative Prose
the epicenter of the civil rights movement—Mississippi in the sixties—lives
as each person questions what freedom means and the price they’ll pay to have
Twelve years old in the summer of 1964, freedom is her birthright.
It will take Joan years to understand that freedom means choices.
Born to a life of cleaning white folks’ houses in Jim Crow Mississippi,
this young black woman believes freedom must take a back seat to staying safe.
For this Jewish University of Chicago law
student, freedom is in
his faith and commitment to justice.