Images of the brutal violence In the summer of 1964 changed public opinion. Also known as Freedom Summer, or the Mississippi Summer Project, college students, and other volunteers traveled to Mississippi to help with the project of voter registration, organized by civil rights organizations. The main goal of the project was to increase the number of African American voters in Mississippi, where they were systematically excluded from the political process.
Most people faced significant resistance and violence from segregationists, including beatings, bombings, and arson attacks. Volunteers were murdered, including James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, which drew national attention to the project and the civil rights movement.
Despite the violence and intimidation, The project succeeded in registering thousands of African American voters and helped to bring attention to the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi. Freedom Summer continues to inspire activists and advocates for social justice today.www.josephpetrie.com