Freedom Summer

 
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Robert Moses

He proposed the idea of Freedom Summer to SNCC and COFO leaders in the fall of 1963 and was chosen to direct it early in 1964. More than any other person, Moses could be said to have led Freedom Summer.

Dave Dennis

A veteran of earlier sit-ins and freedom rides, he was the leader of CORE's operations in Mississippi and Louisiana and assistant director of COFO. He led CORE's participation in Freedom Summer and, with Bob Moses, guided the project overall.

Julian Bond and Mary King

They ran the SNCC Communications Section, making sure that the national media was available to cover events and that project staff stayed informed and in-touch about the constant dangers.

Lawrence Guyot (1939-2012)

He was a driving force behind the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP).

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)

She was a leader of the MFDP who challenged the white-supremacist delegation to the DNC, ran for Congress in the Freedom Election in November, and helped lead the congressional challenge that followed it. Her impassioned plea for voting rights at the DNC was seen on national television by millions and epitomized Freedom Summer to many viewers.

Annie Devine (1912-2000) and Victoria Gray (1926-2006)

They were leaders of the MFDP who challenged the white-supremacist delegation to the DNC, ran for Congress in the Freedom Election in November, and helped lead the congressional challenge that followed it.