During the summer of 1964, Freedom Summer volunteers helped black citizens of rural Mississippi prepare to go to the courthouse and register to vote. While blacks had the right to vote, some local governments and communities had put barriers in place that prevented them from registering to vote. Barriers included literacy tests, monetary charges, threats, harassment, and possible loss of employment. In this video segment from Iowans Return to Freedom Summer, Shel Stromquist, Richard Beymer and Marcia Moore describe what they observed while helping citizens of rural Mississippi register to vote during the summer of 1964.
Check out the entire Experiences of the 1964 Freedom Summer Volunteers Collection.