How did the Freedom Summer program work?

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Freedom Summer was intended to register blacks in Mississippi to vote, to provide basic education and health services to the black community, and to organize a Mississippi civil rights party. The way Freedom Summer, largely organized by SNCC leaders, worked was that young college students both white and black, most from Northern institutions, were recruited to go into Mississippi. There they would set up schools to teach rudimentary skills to black children and register black men and women to vote. It was also thought that the presence of young people from the North fighting discrimination in the South would bring to light the conditions in Mississippi. This proved to be the case in a very tragic way when three SNCC volunteers were kidnapped and murdered before the campaign had truly begun. 

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