Civics for Change Series, Andrew Goodman Foundation

Posted by Andrew Goodman Foundation on July 5, 2022

In our latest installment of our Civics for Change series, we dive into our legacy story and its roots in Freedom Summer 1964. Young people have always been and will always be the changemakers who push us forward toward a just and inclusive democracy.

Freedom Summer 1964 was a movement led by young people. During a time in our troubled history when the South was still deeply segregated, young people answered the call to make a difference — not just for their futures, but for the generations who would come after them. Whether young people joined the movement because of their parents’ activism, or because they saw posters on their college campuses, one thing was clear: Young people completely transformed the course of history through their advocacy and their commitment to an equitable future. To understand the pivotal role of Freedom Summer 1964, we must begin by understanding why bold action for voting rights for Black Americans was so imperative.

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