The Impact of Freedom Summer by the Numbers

Take a look at the numbers behind the biggest voter-registration efforts of the civil rights movement.


Those familiar with Freedom Summer know that it was pivotal in putting pressure on the segregated Deep South and setting the tone for legislative change. But exactly how transformative was the summer of 1964? From the number of arrests to the number of African Americans who registered, The Root breaks down the statistics of Freedom Summer’s effect. 

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Freedom Summer Style: The Looks of an Unforgettable Era

When It Comes to Voting, Freedom Summer Wasn’t a One-Time Event

Taryn Finley is a summer intern at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.