A look back at Freedom Summer
A look back at Freedom Summer
Deteppion Mallett, 7, hugged his stepmother, Nicole Coleman, outside of the extended family home in Greenwood, Miss. The concrete pad in their yard is all that remains of the building that served as Greenwood headquarters for SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, during "Freedom Summer" of 1964.
This sign greets drivers as they roll into Greenwood, Miss., on Route 7.
Destinee Wilson, 14, center, and her family members ran across the street during a summer's evening hangout near their housing complex in Greenwood.
Decades of repair and neglect show on this wall in Greenwood.
The setting sun illuminated the avenues of Greenwood on Saturday evening, Aug. 9.
Silas McGhee was shot in the face in 1964 for his activism around civil rights. Here he was photographed at his farm in Greenwood, Miss.
Destinee Wilson,14, center, held her cousin Arquala Powell, 6 months, during a summer's evening hangout near their Greenwood housing complex.
A man walked on tracks in Greenwood, bottle in hand.
James Stringfellow, spoke with Roderick Alexander, right, outside of Stringfellow's home in Greenwood.
Georgia Scorza checked her mail in Greenwood.
Jarvis Clay,12, left, and Jaikee Smith, right, 11, play basketball at Broad Street Historical Park in Greenwood. The park is the location of the famous "Black Power" speech by Civil Rights activist Stokely Carmichael in 1966.
Sintrelliz Clay, 7, watched as Anthony Lucas, right, cleans out the smoker before a birthday party in Greenwood.
Ora Doss, who was active in the civil rights movement in Ruleville, Miss., in her teens and 20s, attended the Ruleville Freedom School as a high school student during "Freedom Summer" of 1964, befriending volunteer Ellen Siegel of Boston. Here she is photographed in Ruleville at the memorial garden for Fannie Lou Hamer, a plantation worker who was fired and beaten for joining the voting rights drive and went on to become a major figure in the movement. She helped train and lead the volunteers that summer and was central to the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenge to the segregationist political system. The statue is engraved with famous Hamer sayings, including, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."
John Watters (left) and Robert Miles Jr., stood outside the Batesville. Miss., home of the late Robert Miles Sr., a farmer and local civil rights movement leader. The older Miles welcomed Freedom Summer volunteers in 1964, introducing them to the black community, finding them housing, and helping them get the lay of the land. At night, the volunteers -- trained in nonviolence -- watched men such as Miles, his son, and Watters slip into the shadows with guns to stand watch in self-defense against violent vigilantes from the Ku Klux Klan.
Robert Miles Jr. stood outside of his family home in Batesville, Miss.
Homemade peach preserves grown and canned by the Watters family.
Worshipers at a recent service of the West Camp Missionary Baptist Church in Batesville, Miss.
The church, which has been renovated and expanded since 1964, was the first place that local Freedom Summer volunteers met members of the black community, on the Sunday they arrived. It also housed mass meetings in the evenings, with local people coming together to listen to speeches and songs -- in the style of sermons and hymns -- about civil rights and the voting drive.