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June 2014: Fifty Years Since Freedom Summer
During the summer of 1964, the nation’s eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration.
More Stories on the Struggle for Civil Rights
Freedom Riders is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of eight months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until December that year, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives — many endured savage beatings and imprisonment — for simply traveling together on buses as they journeyed through the Deep South in protest of segregation laws.
The Big Burn
Learn the story of a wildfire that devoured more than three million acres in the Rockies in 1910.
Originally aired in March 2011. Rebroadcast in June 2014
Recalling the summer of 1964 in Mississippi.
Bad Things Were Going to Happen
Watch a clip from "Freedom Summer," premiering June 24, 2014.
Dorie Ladner - "The Activist"
"The line was drawn in the sand for blacks and whites... I decided to cross that line."
The story of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.