The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring a lecture series focusing on Freedom Summer 1964, set to begin later this month.
It's called ''The Courage to Act'' and explores the social and individual forces that attacked segregation in this state.
The first segment marks the role of churches in the civil rights movement.
"Students know about the civil rights movement from movies, from documentaries that they might see," said Curtis Austin of Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at USM. "But in bringing these people to Hattiesburg, people who actually participated in the movement, they can see some real history. And they can also learn that they themselves can do the same thing or improve on what's been done."
''The Courage to Act'', marking the 40th anniversary of Freedom Summer, will be presented at Hattiesburg's St. Paul United Methodist Church on Jan. 21.