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The summer of 1964 is remembered for the murders, in Mississippi, of three young civil rights workers—James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman. But there's another story behind that event: the story of Freedom Summer, a campaign led by young civil rights workers and dependent on the bravery of ordinary black Mississippians.

"The '64 Summer Project was the most creative, concentrated, multi-layered attack on oppression in this country. There's nothing to compare with it," says Mississippi native Lawrence Guyot, who was on the staff of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committe, or SNCC ("Snick"), in the early 1960s.

American RadioWorks correspondent John Biewen interviewed Freedom Summer veterans. Though their stories, he revisits the dramatic events of the Mississippi Summer and explores how the Summer helped shaped racial politics in America for years to come.


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