Freedom Summer in Mississippi was a ten-week period in June 1964 in which civil rights groups worked to register as many blacks as possible to vote. Organized by the Council of Federations Organizations, activists set up Freedom Schools, Freedom Houses, and community centers to aid the black community. More than 100 physicians, doctors, nurses and social workers volunteered hours of emergency care for black citizens. Their work was in response to Mississippi’s segregated healthcare system. While Freedom Summer was an effort to provide opportunities for blacks in a racist and segregated system, some protesters lost their lives or were beaten, left homeless or arrested by Mississippi law enforcement and racist groups.
Little Known Black History Fact: Dr. Claude Brunson was originally published on blackamericaweb.com