Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary

Summer 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the period known as Freedom Summer, a campaign to register black voters in many parts of Mississippi. Volunteers with the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), including many college students from around the country, came to Mississippi to help with these and other interrelated efforts. The hope was to bring national and international attention to the state. While non-Mississippians contributed enormously to the movement, it remains clear that local people were the key in bringing about change in their communities.

The Winter Institute is dedicated to supporting efforts to commemorate Freedom Summer throughout Mississippi

Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Calendar of Events


National Youth Summit: Winter Institute Youth Engagement Team assists with the National Youth Summit, presented by the National Museum of American History with Smithsonian Affiliations and PBS’s American Experience with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, PBS’s American Experience, and the Verizon Foundation

Summer Youth Institute 2014


The original proposal for the Mississippi Summer Project

Freedom Summer Bibliography

Global Nonviolent Action Database: Freedom Summer campaign for African American voting rights in Mississippi, 1964

Education & Democracy’s Freedom School Curriculum Website

How-tos for activists from veteran organizer Marshall Ganz

Wisconsin Historical Society’s 1964 Freedom Summer Project collection
(see also the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel’s article)

Harvey Richards Media Archive: Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Activists

Mississippi Department of Archives and History: Thomas Foner Freedom Summer Papers

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