1. Robert Weisbrot is a Professor of American History at Colby College and the author of several books on Civil Rights and 1960 African American History. In his interesting article about the Freedom Summer he discusses everything from Martin Luther King’s reaction after learning of Kennedy’s assassination to the murder of Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman, three civil rights workers who were murdered in the summer of 1964. He goes on to talk about how the Freedom Summer came about, different events during and leading up to the Freedom Summer as well as key figures and their roles during this important summer.
2. John Lewis, a current Georgia Congressman is a well-known living survivor of the Civil Rights movement and his interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones is very insightful. There is a vast array of questions John is asked in this interview and his answers give a different perspective or way of viewing the Freedom Summer. In this interview he answers questions ranging from how he went about recruiting students to join the movement, what he did during and leading up to the summer of 1964, and how the Freedom Summer
affects today’s society. His first hand views on many civil rights topics and issues are a great way to learn the effort and commitment it took to make these Civil Right Acts happen.
3. At the time he wrote this article, William Sturkey was a PHD candidate at the department of History at Ohio State University. He writes about how the Freedom Summer paved way for the creation and opening of Freedom Schools. He talks in detail about how these schools educated young African American students about their history, among other subjects, so they could contribute to the freedom movements and have a better understanding of what needed to happen for the movements to succeed. One unique topic he talks about is the opportunity to write for Freedom School newspapers which provided students the chance to express their opinions on past,...