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Freedom Summer

In what was called the "Freedom Summer" of 1964, more than 800 volunteers gathered at the Western College for Women (now Western Campus of Miami University) to prepare for African-American voter registration in the South. College students from across the country were recruited by the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, Congress of Racial Equality, and other organizations to go to Mississippi to teach in Freedom Schools, build community centers, and register African-Americans to vote. Three of these students were murdered for their activism. The Freedom Summer Memorial, an outdoor amphitheater adjacent to Kumler Chapel, commemorates the courage and commitment of all the volunteers and the ideals of the Freedom Summer movement.