07/09/2014 09:47 am ET Updated Jul 09, 2014

The Phenomenal Women of Freedom Summer


Over a 10-week period, 1964's Freedom Summer brought together nearly 700 student volunteers, local residents and other civil rights activists to work to ensure that African Americans in Mississippi could exercise their right to vote. But without the tireless work of these seven dedicated women, the movement as we know it wouldn't have been the same. On the 50th anniversary of this important piece of the civil rights movement, we celebrate their brave—and many would argue, phenomenal—contributions.

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