One of the most powerful learning experiences I've had in twenty years of teaching was also one of the most serendipitous. It began in 1994 after a chance meeting that summer of a few Mississippi teachers at Bread Loaf School of English campus in Vermont and a young teacher from Soweto, South Africa. That all of us found ourselves in the same small, but wonderful graduate program in rural Vermont was amazing enough. However, Bread Loaf teachers are encouraged to connect their classes during the school year. We decided we wanted our students to use literature to make the historical connections between the 30th anniversary of the Freedom summer civil rights activities in Mississippi and the first democratic elections taking place that year in South Africa. Thus, the Mississippi/South Africa Freedom Project was born. Ultimately, the project included nine different teachers and their classrooms across Mississippi, with students ranging from grades 6 ' 12, and an all girls' school in Soweto. We read two novels: Mildred Taylor's "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry", and "Waiting for the Rain", by Sheila Gordon. Students in all ten locations read both novels and engaged in many classroom activities appropriate for their grade level