In 1964, in a 10-week effort known as Freedom Summer, hundreds of out-of-state volunteers joined local activists in Mississippi to increase voter registration among disenfranchised African Americans in the state. Herbert Randall, a 28-year-old photographer, devoted his summer to documenting the historic movement.
Many of the volunteers worked in the dozens of newly created Freedom Schools, designed to create safe learning environments, establish more rigorous standards and teach students black history and literature — subjects that were not taught in other public schools.
Below are a selection of Randall’s photos.
Herbert Randall’s book, “Faces of Freedom Summer,” contains more images from Mississippi in 1964.
Watch the American Experience video about Randall.
The American Experience documentary Freedom Summer is airing on PBS stations. Check local listings. Additional video clips and information available at www.pbs.org/americanexperience/.