50 Years Ago, Students Fought For Black Rights During 'Freedom Summer'

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Freedom Summer was meant to help provide African Americans in racist and heavily oppressive state of Mississippi with access to education and voting. Read this article to find out more about what made this a watershed moment in American history.

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PBS is airing a special to commemorate the anniversary of Freedom Summer on their American Experience series. Check out this trailer to get an idea of exactly what student protestors were dealing with.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why would it be important to have white protestors, as well as African Americans?  How do you think this would be viewed and portrayed by the media and public?   
This "do's" and "don'ts" list reveals that African Americans in Mississippi were  
The Congress of Racial Equality or CORE was a partner organization that helped find volunteers for Freedom Summer. When 3 of their volunteers disappeared in Mississippi it helped shine a spotlight onto Freedom Summer. You can find out more about the "Mississippi Burning" murders here.  (This annotation contains a link)
This is an example of  
Student volunteers had to  
You can follow this link to find out about Fanny Lou Hamer. She was a tireless civil rights activist in Mississippi, and did a lot to contribute positively to Freedom Summer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. (This annotation contains a link)
Why do you think this changed the attitudes of so many young Americans at the time? How does it change your impression of the Civil Rights Movement?