Freedom Summer, 1964: An Overview
Date Written: 01/05/2015
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX17933
The Mississippi Summer Project of 1964, better known as "Freedom Summer," brought in volunteers to help with attempts to register Black voters who had long been prevented by chicanery and terror from doing so. At the same time, in view of the miserable conditions in the state's segregated public schools, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) planned to create "freedom schools" in which volunteers (mostly the whites from the North) would, that summer, teach Black young people in subjects ranging from basic education to Black history and leadership skills.