Freedom Summer

In the summer of 1964, many white college students - from outside Mississippi - traveled to the Magnolia State to help black students aid African-Americans who wanted to become registered voters.  That time was known as "Freedom Summer."

As one voter-registration worker observed:

People were threatened, folks was put in jail just because we wanted people to try to register to vote.  (Unita Blackwell, a voter-registration worker, quoted in "Eyes on the Prize.")

This clip, from "Eyes on the Prize," helps to explain why those efforts were needed.

Media Credits

Clip from "Eyes on the Prize," a PBS production.  Copyright, PBS, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes.


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