July 10, 2014

COMMENTARY: Freedom Summer volunteers inspired by more than just idealism

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Civil rights activist Bob Moses attended "Fifty Years After Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964" at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia earlier this year.

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Civil rights activist Bob Moses attended "Fifty Years After Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964" at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia earlier this year.

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(RNS) Fifty years after Freedom Summer, it’s easy to attribute the risks of the militant SNCC and its Freedom Summer volunteers to youthful idealism. But many who were there insist faith played an essential role.