If I could describe how I felt about my summer as a Moral Freedom Summer Organizer in one word I would say it was compelling. To be a MFS organizer you have to WANT to do it and not just do it because you are told to or because you're getting paid to do it. Being an organizer we had to understand that fifty years ago the organizers did what they HAD to do not because there was a check coming in their names, but because they wanted to make a difference. And it honestly took me a while to understand that until I watched the Freedom Summer Documentary.
My summer as a Moral Freedom Summer Organizer was so compelling because I was able to meet so many new people and network with a lot of organizations. Staying in Carthage, NC for a few months was a new experience for me. We worked with many churches and organizations including Spaulding Chapel AME Zion Church, Addor in Action, Daughters of Rose, Bellview AME Zion Church, Midway Community Association, Southern Pines Boys and Girls Club, and Youth Community Garden. With the help of the Moore County NAACP branch and youth council, we held voter registration drives on Saturday mornings at 3 different barbershops and salons, we canvassed every Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club, and we hosted voter education events including a Meet the Candidates Forum.
Not only did I learned about different political issues, I also met a lot of people who are like myself and who want to do something to make a difference in this world. I am thankful for the opportunity that was given to me, I'm also thankful for the amazing people that I met. But most importantly I am thankful that I was selected to make history by being a Moral Freedom Summer Organizer.
-- Jessica Wright, Moore County MFS Organizer