Freedom Summer workers prepared for the challenge of working in the South prior to going to the region. In late June and early July 1964, approximately 1,000 students were oriented in Oxford, Ohio. It was during this orientation that three civil rights workers disappeared in Meridian, Mississippi and the students from the north became aware of just how dangerous their work could be. In this video segment from Iowans Return to Freedom Summer, Patti Miller, Marcia Moore, Shel Stromquist, and Marvin Gatch recall how they considered the risks and rewards of volunteering to travel to Mississippi in the summer of 1964.
Check out the entire Experiences of the 1964 Freedom Summer Volunteers Collection.