Freedom Summer volunteers set up temporary, free schools for black children and other community members in Mississippi in the summer of 1964. The ages of attendees in the schools ranged from young children to older adults. The schools taught academic skills as well as voter literacy, confidence, political organization, and other topics the students might not encounter in traditional school settings. In this video segment from Iowans Return to Freedom Summer, Marvin Gatch, Marcia Moore, Patti Miller, Lenray Gandy, and Richard Beymer describe their experiences with Freedom Schools in rural Mississippi during the summer of 1964.
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