CINCINNATI — Two veteran journalists will lead a public conversation on race in America that highlights an Ohio school’s role in the Freedom Summer of 1964.

Miami University alumni Wil Haygood and Jeff Pegues speak Saturday at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

Hundreds of young volunteers gathered in Oxford, Ohio, in June 1964 for training before heading south to help register black voters and establish schools and community centers along. Three volunteers were abducted in Mississippi and killed by white segregationists.

Haygood’s most recent book is “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America.” Pegues, a CBS News correspondent, recently released “Black and Blue: Inside the Divide Between Police and Black America.”

The center along the Ohio River opened in 2004.

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