US remembers 'Freedom Summer' murders

The three civil rights activists, two white and one black, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan half a century ago.

    The US is marking half a century since three civil rights activists were killed by the Ku Klux Klan in the state of Mississippi during the 'Freedom Summer' campaign to get African-Americans registered to vote.

    The murders sparked outrage across the country, and increased the number of black voters, but African-Americans remain under-represented in political office in some parts of the state.

    Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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