Freedom Summer Mason Skillingstad

Background Info

The "Freedom Summer" was a voter registration project in mississippi that took place mostly in 1964 which was around the time Lyndon B. Johnson was president. The "Freedom Summer" started when the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organized something called the voter registration drive. The voter registration drive is the distribution and collection of voter registration applications by two or more persons for delivery to a county clerk and recorder.

Goal of the event

Overall there were several goals of this event, the main goal of the "Freedom Summer" was make it so that blacks could vote safely with out any threat or trouble while doing so. In 1962 less than 7% of the state's eligible black voters registering to vote. And segregation was the reason why threats and killings were happening and that needed to be decreased.

Who was involved?

During the "Freedom Summer" many groups the made a big improvement among the number of black registered voters. The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) had one major contribution which was organizing voter registration drives across the southern area of the U.S. Another group that helped was called Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) was contained of people that helped improve racial equality.

Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee

Obstacles

During the "Freedom Summer" there were many obstacles, such as an event that took place. 300 college kids were invited to the "Freedom Summer", 2 white kid students, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, local Afro-American, James Chaney, disappeared on June 16, 1964. Also the K.K.K killed black people and people who were apart of the mississippi project and the congress started to notice the actions. We overcame things from people helping which were kids who were apart of the mississippi project helped by risking their life to help make a change and some were even white who's parents did not like the idea of what they were doing.

Outcome

Because of the voter registration drive there is now less segregation and more safety when they are in the streets or when blacks are voting, they are now respected as equal as rights more then before the "Freedom Summer".

Modern Inequality

There was an event that happened in modern day time that is similar to the idea of "Freedom Summer", Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech Over Safety Fears, The University of California, Berkeley. What happened was Ann Coulter's speech was cancelled as a promoter and bastion of free speech. This speech was towards the Berkeley College Republicans. This is similar to the "Freedom Summer" because someone is hating on what someone is, which in this case a public speaker wants to give a Republican sided speech and is cancelled.

Sources

History.com Staff. (2009). Freedom Summer. Retrieved April 20, 2017, from http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/freedom-summer?scrlybrkr=87b95dc2

Fuller, T. (2017, April 19). Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech Over Safety Fears. Retrieved April 20, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/us/berkeley-ann-coulter-speech-canceled.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FFreedom of Speech and Expression&_r=0

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