In this clip from Lecture 10, James Farmer discusses the outcomes of Freedom Summer where thousands of African Americans were registered to vote, which changed the politics in the South and urged the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
April 11, 2012 By
The positive outcome was that thousands of blacks were registered in the state of Mississippi. Probably tens of thousands were registered to vote and that has helped to change the face of the state. Uh politicians now no longer find it in their interest to uh campaign on the basis of racism. They campaigned for black votes as well as white votes and black votes are potent forces in the state of Mississippi now as they are in Alabama as they are in Louisiana, in Georgia and in South Carolina and in the other southern states. So in that regard in that important regard, Freedom Summer was a tremendous success. It also, combined with the Selma march of Dr. King led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which in turn produced more than 6,500 black elected officials, most of them in the south.
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