2017 Freedom School dates: July 10-August 18
Launched in 2016, The Riverside Freedom School is committed to providing the following to all young scholars, at absolutely no cost to participants. Because of your generosity, fifty children from neighborhoods surrounding Riverside attended for free, and a surplus was raised to support 2017’s class of Freedom School scholars.
Riverside’s Freedom School offers scholars:
*Personalized academic coaching utilizing Children’s Defense Fund reading enrichment modules.
*Support and love from a host of inter-generational camp mentors.
*Two nutritious meals and a snack every day.
*Daily fun afternoon activities promoting learning and physical activities.
2017 Volunteer Opportunities
Help Freedom School get moving this year by donating your time or much needed supplies. Take a moment to learn more about volunteer opportunities and sign up today.
About Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools
Freedom School curriculum is rooted in the Civil Rights Movement and based on the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964, organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program was created in 1995 and has since served more than 135,000 scholars.
Based on a Philliber Research Associates evaluation of the Freedom School program, scholars who attend Freedom School programs score significantly higher on standardized reading achievement tests than children who attend other summer enrichment programs. African American middle school boys made the greatest gains of all.
A study guide for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break the Silence ” speech. Written by: Dr. Alan Bentz-Letts, Dr. Steve Knight, Regina M. Tate, J.D.
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Commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence sermon in an evening with Michelle Alexander and Ruby Sales, voices of the past and future of the Civil Rights Movement. Written by Dr. Vinecent Harding, and delivered at The Riverside Church exactly one year to the day before Dr. King's assassination, Beyond Vietnam is a moral agenda for America to address issues of racial justice, poverty, and war. Dr. King and Harding's prophetic and prescient words are as urgently needed today as when they were first delivered. The evening is co-hosted by The Riverside Church, Iliff School of Theology, Veterans of Hope and Union Theological Seminary.
In December, award winning artist and activist John Legend performed at The Riverside Church for an upcoming episode of Live from the Artist's Den. The concert opened with an interview between Ta-Nehisi Coates and John Legend for the Atlantic.
Enjoy this preview of the episode scheduled to air this spring.