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Mississippi Freedom Summer Flier

The Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) was a coalition of civil rights organizations that formed in Mississippi in 1962 to coordinate voter registration efforts and broader equal rights reforms. In 1964, COFO launched Freedom Summer, in which thousands of local black Mississippians and hundreds of black and white students from out of state operated "Freedom Schools" and registered black voters. Though volunteers faced violent reprisals, their efforts crucially drew the attention of the nation on the obstacles black voters faced in the Deep South, which in turn led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Source | Council of Federated Organizations, "Mississippi Freedom Summer," The New York Public Library, available from Education & Democracy, Freedom School Curriculum,
Creator | Council of Federated Organizations
Rights | Permission to use this document was obtained from Education and Democracy. See Education and Democracy to obtain permission to republish or use this document for anything other than non-commerical educational purposes.
Item Type | Pamphlet/Petition
Cite This document | Council of Federated Organizations, “Mississippi Freedom Summer Flier,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed May 28, 2023,

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