Collection includes newsletters, memoranda, clippings, and press releases related to the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project.
In the summer of 1964, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE),
joined by civil rights activists from around the United States, organized an effort to push back against Mississippi's vigorously
enforced racial segregation. Hundreds of activists, most of them white college students, arrived in Mississippi eager to register
voters and encourage community organizing. Prior to this point, black Southerners' struggle for equality against near-overwhelming
opposition was little reported on in the national media. The Mississippi Freedom Summer Project succeeded in bringing attention
to the disenfranchisement of black Southerners and was a turning point in the fight against institutional racism.
Kindig, Jessie. "Freedom Summer (June–August 1964)." Online Encyclopedia of Significant People and Places in African American
http://www.blackpast.org/aah/freedom-summer-june-august-1964 (accessed 13 October 2014)
Ohrenschall, Rachel S. "Freedom Summer campaign for African American voting rights in Mississippi, 1964." Global Nonviolent
13 October 2014)
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