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Several fundraisers were held to help move the book toward publication and to bring leaders and their descendents from Mississippi to Minnesota speak about the Holmes County Civil Rights Movement.


October 7, 2012, at Temple Israel, Duluth
Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner read from Thunder of Freedom on 2-4 pm, Sunday, October 7 at Temple Israel, 1602 East Second Street. The reading was a fundraiser to bring Mississippi Civil Rights leaders and descendants to upcoming book launches in Washington, D.C. and other events.The reading was videotaped. 

Peace Cabaret: Mississippi Civil Rights Project Fundraiser: Music and Performance
October 27, 2009
Carmody Irish Pub, 308 E. Superior St, Duluth, Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 7:30-10 pm. Welcome by Claudie Washington. Barton Sutter, Rabbi Amy Bernstein, Mary Cameron, David Comer, Portia Johnson, and Claire Kirch read short pieces by Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Fannie Lou Hamer, Stokely Carmichael, Sojourner Truth, and Barbara Jordan. Jazz by Perfectini.
The Oral History Center of the University of Southern Mississippi-Hattiesburg held a gathering for the surviving veterans of that Movement. The event used a workbook Sue created on the Holmes Movement History as a memory catalyst. It was a unique local-community-led oral history documentation project.

Feb 10, 2010
Mississippi Civil Rights Project Fundraiser with ’60s and ’70s Music. Mon., Feb. 1, 2010, 7 pm – 10 pm, The Venue at Mohaupt Block, 2024 W Superior St, Duluth, $5 suggested donation. The African American Men’s Group sold food. PROGRAM: Introduction: by Claudie Washington, NAACP; Portia Johnson as Sojourner Truth; Mary Cameron as Fannie Lou Hamer; Xavier “Chaplian-X” Bell as Martin Luther King Jr.; Barton Sutter as Robert F. Kennedy; David Comer as Stokely Carmichael; and Claire Kirch as Barbara Johnson.

Documentary Photography Exhibit,
Feb 1 - 26, 2010
Sojourner’s documentary photography exhibit “The Some People of the Place — 1960s Holmes County, Mississippi: The Local People and Their Civil Rights Movement” was on display at The Venue at Mohaupt Block, 2024 W Superior St, Duluth (old VFW), open weekdays from February 1-26, 9 am – 5 pm.

Peace and Justice Open House,
Feb 20, 2010
Saturday, February 20 from 2 - 4 pm the Social Action Committee of Temple Israel hosted an open house for local community activists in justice & peace movements & religious groups. It honored Sue Sojourner & her exhibit.
Sue read selections from her draft manuscript, "FREEDOM: Blacks Transforming Themselves — Growing a Grassroots Movement in 1960s Mississippi by One (Transformed) Middle-Class White Outside Agitator.”
Sue answered questions on the memoir-in-progress & the exhibit, which originally was produced in 1999 by UMD's Tweed Museum of Art. She expanded it with more photos, documents & text, had custom crates built, and in 2001 took it on tour to Mississippi & several universities, colleges, foundations in the south & east.
The Venue* at the Mohaupt Block, 2024 W. Superior St. (old VFW), Duluth. Freewill donation.

Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Feb 24, 2010
Wednesday, February 24 at 5:30 pm the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program showed the 1-hour film "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," followed by discussion and Liberian food. The film chronicles the courageous Liberian women who came together to end the bloody civil wars from 1989 - 1993 and to bring peace to their shattered country. The Venue* at the Mohaupt Block, 2024 W. Superior St. (old VFW), Duluth. Freewill donation.

Sue Sojourner Exhibit, Reading, "Tour" and Pizza Party
Thurs, February 25, 2010, 5 - 8 pm.
Free pizza and soft drinks.
’60s Civil Rights Movement Readings by Sue Sojourner. Singer, songwriter, musician RACHAEL KILGOUR backed up Sue’s reading with her violin.
The February raffle ended for fourteen winners (in honor of the First 14, the first Holmes County people who in 1963 took the first Movement steps to the Courthouse to register to vote). Winners were chosen for Sojourner's gifts of 14 "SOME PEOPLE" prints.
The Venue at Mohaupt Block, 2024 W. Superior St, Duluth (Old VFW).
Special guests were UMD History Club, Women’s Studies students, and other UMD student groups.
Sponsors of the Tweed event and the Pizza Party were UMD Commission on Women and the Art Education program in UMD’s School of Fine Arts --- Alison Aune, or 218-726-6216.

School Trips
School field trips to the exhibit were scheduled by Jebeh Edmunds, IDS 709 African-American Cultural Center Coordinator, at 218-733-2172

Donations are still needed to help defray travel costs to book events and to bring Holmes County leaders and descendents to Thunder of Freedom book launch events. 


Photo above left: Sue in Mississippi in 1967.

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