Without smart, savvy and dedicated activists like these, the summer of 1964 wouldn’t have been the same.
By: Diamond Sharp
Over a 10-week
period, 1964's Freedom Summer brought together nearly 700 student
volunteers, local residents and other civil rights activists to work to
ensure that African Americans in Mississippi could exercise their right
to vote. But without the tireless work of these eight dedicated women,
the movement as we know it wouldn't have been the same. On the 50th
anniversary of this important piece of the civil rights movement, we
celebrate their brave—and many would argue, phenomenal—contributions.
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