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Voter Education

During the summer of 1964 the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) sent volunteers into Mississippi’s African American communities. They registered voters and taught civics, voting rights, and reading to children and adults.

Dr. Staughton Lynd, director of Mississippi Freedom Schools, training volunteer teachers

Dr. Staughton Lynd, director of Mississippi Freedom Schools, training volunteer teachers

Courtesy of McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi