Are Your Voting Rights in Peril?

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  • In the Beginning
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • The Freedom Summer
  • Bloody Sunday
  • Turning Point
  • Check and Balance
  • More Work to Do
  • The More Things Change
  • Section 5 at Work
  • Obama Weighs In
  • The Cup Half Full
  • The Cup Half Empty
  • Supreme Court
  • What's at Stake

The Freedom Summer

Organized by a coalition of civil rights organizations, thousands of activists and volunteers, including many white college students from the North, "invaded" Mississippi from June to August in 1964 to register as many Black voters as possible. They also registered voters in other Southern states. 

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