This project did as much for the participants as for civil rights. It re-educated us about what civil rights really are. And through those who participated and observed, the spirit of the project is spreading across the country.
Richard Bernstein, 1964
In the Summer of 1964, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) recruited over 1,000 students, teachers, lawyers, medical professionals, and teachers to volunteer their time and financial resources in support of the civil rights struggle in Mississippi. Popularly remembered as the “Freedom Summer,” the 1964 project had a far-reaching impact on American society that extended beyond Mississippi. The first iteration of this project focuses on college students. Taking its cue from Bernstein, “Mapping the Freedom Summer” uses digital maps to ask: How did SNCC and the 1964 Freedom Summer “re-educate” college students about the meaning of civil rights, politics, and citizenship in the United States?