In the summer of 1964, hundreds of predominantly white college students participated in voter registration efforts, taught in freedom schools and worked in community centers in towns throughout racially segregated Mississippi. Volunteers were welcomed by the black community. Many locals offered shelter in their homes to Freedom Summer workers at the risk of losing their jobs, being harassed, and threatened and worse. In this video segment from Iowans Return to Freedom Summer, Shel Stromquist, Patti Miller and Marvin Gatch describe the reception from locals when they arrived in rural Mississippi during the summer of 1964.
Check out the entire Experiences of the 1964 Freedom Summer Volunteers Collection.