This summer marks the 55th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a campaign aimed at dramatically increasing voter registration in Mississippi. For ten weeks, more than 1000 student volunteers from around the country joined local organizers to set up dozens of Freedom Schools, Freedom Houses, and community centers in small towns throughout the state. They faced abuse and constant harassment from Mississippi's white population, culminating in a series of violent attacks, false arrests, and the murder of at least three civil rights activists.
To learn more about Freedom Summer and the murder of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, try the following resources:
In addition, all of my posts about civil rights can be found here.