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        Experiences of the 1964 Freedom Summer Volunteers | Video Gallery

        In the summer of 1964, hundreds of predominantly white college students answered the call from civil rights leaders to volunteer for Freedom Summer. They participated in voter registration efforts, taught in freedom schools and worked in community centers in towns throughout racially segregated Mississippi. In this collection of video segments from Iowans Return to Freedom Summer, participants reflect on their experiences during this historic period.

        Experiencing Racism in Segregated Mississippi in the 1960s

        In the early 1960s, black citizens of Mississippi continued to experience severe discrimination in the segregated South. In this video segment from Iowans Return to Freedom Summer, a Freedom School participant recalls what it was like to grow up in racially segregated Mississippi in the 1960s.

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        Social Injustice Motivates Midwestern Freedom Summer Volunteers

        Midwestern participants in the Freedom Summer recall their motivations for volunteering to travel to Mississippi in 1964.

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        Freedom Summer Volunteers Prepare for the Challenge

        Freedom Summer volunteers consider the challenges and threats of working on the civil rights effort in the South in 1964.

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        Freedom Summer Workers Experience the Poverty of the South

        Many volunteers during the Freedom Summer of 1964 witnessed extreme poverty for the first time when they entered Mississippi.

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        Freedom Summer Workers Welcomed by the African American Community

        Volunteers were welcomed by the black community when they entered Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

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        Freedom Summer Volunteers Create “Freedom Schools”

        Freedom Summer volunteers set up temporary, free schools for black children and other community members in Mississippi in the summer of 1964.

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        Barriers for Black Voters in the South in the Early 1960s | Iowans Return to Freedom Summer

        During the summer of 1964, Freedom Summer volunteers helped black citizens of rural Mississippi register to vote.

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        Freedom Summer Workers Attacked

        Civil rights workers experienced violent attacks during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

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        Freedom House Bombed in Canton Mississippi

        In the early fall of 1964 a house being used by Freedom Summer workers was bombed in Canton, Mississippi.

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        Volunteers Experience Threats During Freedom Summer of 1964

        Freedom Summer volunteers experienced threats of violence while helping citizens of rural Mississippi register to vote during the summer of 1964.

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        Freedom Summer Volunteer Reacts to Murder of Civil Rights Workers in 1960s Mississippi

        In August of 1964, the bodies of three murdered civil rights workers were discovered in Mississippi.

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        The Impact of the Freedom Summer of 1964

        Participants reflect on the impact of the the Freedom Summer of 1964.

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        Experiences of Volunteers During the Freedom Summer of 1964

        In this clip from Iowans Return to Freedom Summer, participants reflect on their experiences during the 1964 Freedom Summer.

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