Retracing 'Freedom Summer' In Mississippi

Teachers Visit Sites Of 1964 Push For Black Voting Rights

Teachers visit the Leflore County Courthouse in Greenwood, Miss

hide captionTeachers visit the Leflore County Courthouse in Greenwood, Miss., site of a key voter registration drive in 1964.

Southern Images
Debra L Ferguson
Wazir Peacock, talks with teachers Joseph Heitzman and Tim Garner.

hide captionWazir Peacock, a former Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee worker, left, talks with teachers Joseph Heitzman and Tim Garner outside the Greenwood Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenwood, Miss.

Debra L Ferguson, Southern Images

In the summer of 1964, more than 1,000 civil rights workers came to Mississippi to help register black voters. Buses of young people traveled highways and back roads at their own peril, to do the work of what was dubbed Freedom Summer.

Now, 40 years later, a busload of teachers is riding Mississippi's highways, retracing the steps of the Freedom workers in the hope of bringing that history to life for a new generation of students. NPR's Debbie Elliott rode with them.

The teachers' tour was part of a Mississippi workshop that's a joint project of Jackson State University, Rhodes College in Memphis, and the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy.

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