Michael Van Leesten
Dr. Rob Widell
Date of Original Version
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On Monday, September 29, 2014, fifteen veterans of the Freedom Summer Project residing in New England arrived at the University of Rhode Island to commemorate the 50th year anniversary of the Freedom Summer Project and record interviews about their historic social activism for posterity. This is a video recording of an interview conducted with Michael Van Leesten, Sr., a President, The Van Leesten (Community Development) Group, and CEO, Opportunities Industrialization Centers, Providence, RI.
Van Leesten, Michael. Interview by Dr. Rob Widell. Interviews with Freedom Summer Veterans. University of Rhode Island, 29 September 2014. Available: http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/freedom_summer/9/