Local Mississippi leadership prepared themselves psychologically and militarily for Freedom Summer. The Ku Klux Klan rose up as one that April. Mississippi was on a hair trigger.
When Mickey Schwerner was killed in Mississippi in the summer of 1964, much attention was trained on his wife, Rita.
A New York City teacher, Bob Moses went to Mississippi to help organize the largest grassroots civil rights campaign the country had ever seen.
"I felt morally empowered, but it was very scary," Congressman Frank Barney from Massachusetts.