Home | Thunder of Freedom - Order - FB - Events |About Sue | Photography and Exhibits | Fundraising | Videos
Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner is a veteran of the civil rights movement who worked from fall 1964 through summer 1969 to help the black Holmes County, Mississippians build a viable, powerful, and effective political and social movement.
Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner
Sue's book, Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi, written in collaboration with Cheryl Reitan, was published by University Press of Kentucky in January 2013. She has produced two photography exhibitions using reproductions of her original 1960s photographs. The book tells of the real dangers and fears that the local leaders experienced and how they built one of the most effective grassroots Movements in the state.
“The Some People of That Place,” final analysis. A manuscript describing the Holmes County organizing efforts, by Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner and Henry Lorenzi, 1969
“The 1967 Elections” by Sue and Henry Lorenzi, 1969; edited by Sue, 2004
Some Views on Blacks and Black Communities—A Collection of Diverse Papers, compiled and edited under the direction of D.B. Shimkin (Champaign: University of Illinois, Dept of Anthropology, 1969)
Materials on Holmes County, Miss.: An Index and Descriptions, w/H. Lorenzi (Lexington/Champaign, 1969)
“The Holmes County Civil Rights Movement Participants: The Mood, Feel, Environment of 1963-67,” read at annual meeting of American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, Dec. 1985;
“The Holmes County Civil Rights Movement Participants: A White Activist’s Perspective,” read at Research Conference on the Experiences of Black Mississippians, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Feb, 1986;
“The Holmes County Civil Rights Movement Participants: Oral Histories,” read at Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Oral History Association, Morgan State University, Baltimore, April 1986
“The 1960s Holmes County Mississippi Civil Rights Movement,” prepared a display as part of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Exhibit, Tamiment Library, New York University, Oct-Nov 1989
“The Some People of That Place — 1960s Holmes County, Mississippi: The Local People and Their Civil Rights Movement,” a documentary photography exhibit first on display at the University of Minnesota Duluth Tweed Museum of Art, March-April 1999. Included 13-image illustrated exhibit brochure.
Additional exhibitions: Washington Galleries, Duluth, 1999; Tougaloo College’s Annual History Conference, Jackson, Miss. (2001) ; Milton Olive Community Center, Lexington, Miss, by Holmes Freedom Democratic Party (2001); Georgetown University, Washington, DC (2002) University of Wisconsin-Superior (2004); Old Capitol Museum, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, Miss (2004) Puffin Forum, Teaneck, N.J. (2004); Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania (2006).
“Got to Thinking: How the Black People of 1960s Holmes County, Mississippi Organized Their Civil Rights Movement.”, a photography exhibit and 20-page text brochure commissioned by Praxis International, a Duluth non-profit, for its training of organizers from around the world in domestic abuse intervention (2000).
On the website (http://www.praxisinternational.org/lib_communityorganization.aspx) and on permanent display at the Praxis Building (The Center for Nonviolence) at Second Avenue East and Superior Street in Duluth, MN.
Grants and Awards
Norcroft Women’s Writing Retreat, Lutsen, Minnesota. Solo Writing Retreat, October 1998 and January 2001
Minnesota State Arts Board. Grant for printing of brochures for Tweed exhibit, January 1999
Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, Moose Lake, Minnesota. Solo Writing Retreat, August 1999
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Duluth, Minnesota. Artist Initiative Grant, November 2008
More about The Civil Rights Movement: www.crmvet.org
From 1996-2014, I lived and worked in Duluth, Minnesota in a housing cooperative of nearly 40 artists. Being surrounded by artists in a building with a public art gallery was critical to realizing myself as an artist and photographer.
I wanted to publish the words of the local leaders that I'd taken down in the midst of the struggle — to put together the story of their organizing achievement. Strong, growing, they lived through real danger and fear. They survived and built one of the most effective grassroots Movements in the state. They'd changed their lives — not just for each individually, but for all their people. I'm not the only one to call the activity one of the strongest in the state. Mississippi civil rights historian John Dittmer and Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party leader Lawrence Guyot agree with me on that issue.
By fall 2003, I had a manuscript draft, “Listening: The Local People Speak on The Movement and Their Lives — Turnbow, Carnegie, Hayes, and the First 14: Getting Organized in Holmes Co., Mississippi, 1963-1967.”
With the help of Cheryl Reitan and others from 2008-2012, I was able to complete the book about Holmes County, Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi.
A note about my name: In 1972, Henry and I legally changed our names from Lorenzi to Sojourner. I sign my Holmes County photography and writing work as “Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner.
Photo above left: Sue in Mississippi in 1967.
Sue Sojourner | suesojourner.com | 218-269-7588 | email@example.com
Cheryl Reitan | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.cherylreitan.com