McComb, U.S.A.:
The McComb, Mississippi, Freedom School Play
This is a site created by a Curriculum & Instruction class at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in order to create a meaningful primary resource for teachers and classes studying the Freedom Schools during the Civil Rights Movement.  The site provides:


Front Page


The Play

Relevant Links

Contact Us

The Play :  Formatted text of McComb,U.S.A..  The original document contains several gaps.  We have attempted to fill in those gaps.  Our interpretations are indicated by using red text. 

Please note:  McComb, U.S.A. contains explicit language and sexual references. 

Printable version of the play

The 'Living Newspaper' as a theatrical form

The Music:  information on each song referenced in the play

McComb, U.S.A. was written by the students at the McComb Freedom School in the summer of 1964.   The play was performed in McComb, Mississippi by the freedom school students in 1964 and 1965.