Freedom Summer – Today In Southern History

4 May 1864  

On this date in 1964…

The Mississippi Freedom Summer Project was begun by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), a coalition of four civil rights organizations: the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE); the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to carry out a unified voter registration program in the state of Mississippi. 

Other Years:

  • 1863 – The Battle of Chancellorsville ended when the federal army fled the field.
  • 1863 – Battle of Salem Church, Virginia.
  • 1865 – The Confederate departments of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana were surrendered at Citronelle, Alabama.
  • 1990 – Latvia renewed its claim of independence from the Soviet Union.

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