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Collection Title: Shonholtz (Raymond) Freedom Summer Memoir

Collection Number: M 371

Dates: 2002

Volume: 3 pages

Provenance: Materials in this collection were donated by Raymond Shonholtz in 2002.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).


Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Raymond Shonholtz was a 1964 Freedom Summer volunteer stationed in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Mr. Shonholtz received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1976, Mr. Shonholtz founded the Community Boards Program, designed to educate and empower individuals to successfully resolve conflict in their own communities and neighborhoods. He served as Director until 1988. In 1989, he founded Partners for Democratic Change, an international community of individuals and organizations committed to change and conflict management. He continues to serve as President and resides in San Francisco, California.


Contents of the Collection.

Internet Resources

National Academies Press. Openbook: International Conflict Resolution After the Cold War. About the Authors.

Partners for Democratic Change. Staff Bios. Accessed: January 27, 2004. URL: (page no longer exists) 

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of a three-page memoir of Mr. Shonholtz's experiences as a Mississippi Freedom Summer volunteer. Written in 2002, the memoir involves events that took place during the historic summer of 1964.

Mr. Shonholtz's memoir begins with an account of his experiences as an American Field Services bus chaperon in the early part of the summer of 1964, following his sophomore year at UCLA. He discusses later purchasing a car in New York and traveling to Clarksdale, Mississippi to visit Lewis Sitzer, a Freedom Summer volunteer, friend, and fellow UCLA student.

He describes his arrest for participating in Freedom Summer activities and how he came to know Dr. Aaron Henry, a Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party representative. In the memoir, Mr. Shonholtz details how he drove Dr. Henry out of Clarksdale to catch a plane bound for the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City.

Related Collections:

F341.5 .M57 Mississippi Oral History Program, Vol. 33, Dr. Aaron Henry <

M 257 Glass (Jinny) Mississippi Freedom Summer Diary (Ray Shonholtz mentioned in diary)

M 320 Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection

M 359 Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection

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