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Miami remembers 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer

OXFORD, Ohio (WKRC) -- Friday commemorates the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer.

In 1964, civil rights activists from around the country headed to Mississippi for a voter registration drive aimed at dramatically increasing voter registration.

A thousand white volunteers joined black Mississippians and they were violently attacked.

They got training in Oxford from people like Rick Momeyer to peacefully resist violence.

"For me, it's a reminder of what yet needs to be done," said Momeyer. "We had some significant gains in 1964 and several years after, but there's lots more to do."

Three of those civil rights workers who trained in Oxford were killed.

Three trees will be planted in their memory on Friday at a ceremony on Miami's western campus.

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