06/10/2014 01:35 pm ET Updated Jun 10, 2014

Freedom Summer Style: The Looks of An Unforgettable Era

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In 1964, Freedom Summer was a campaign to register African Americans to vote in Mississippi, where blacks had historically been prohibited from the ballot. Even amid that intense racial and political climate, style served as a form of self-definition and expression as much as it has during any other time since. Fifty years later, take a look back at what celebrities, activists and everyday African Americans were wearing during this pivotal era of our history.

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