Who volenteered for the Freedom Summer program?
Most of the volunteers for Freedom Summer were college students or recent college graduates. They were mostly recruited by SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) from college campuses throughout the North. Their purpose was to conduct voter registration drives in several Mississippi counties. They were trained by SNCC in methods of nonviolent resistance and were required to bring bail money with them as a condition for volunteering. The campaign went on despite the kidnapping and murder of three workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, and despite the fact that most of the Freedom Summer volunteers had not gone to Mississippi when the three men went missing, very few chose to abandon the campaign. The movement resulted in national attention to conditions in Mississippi.