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Georgia NAACP commemorates Freedom Summer with voter registration efforts

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A group of young adults is working with the NAACP across the state of Georgia to commemorate 50 years since the Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964.

These college students and recent graduates are making efforts to get more minorities registered to vote, and active in the voting process.

They are also organizing the "Jails for Justice" tour where people who were arrested during the Moral Mondays protests visit cities throughout Georgia to talk to community members about why their cause was worth being arrested for.  

Howard Mingo is a Harvard student from LaGrange who is organizing the Freedom Summer efforts in the Columbus area.

 "At some point we feel like we all have certain issues that we see, that we want others to listen to us about," Mingo says. "Voting is important for every individual, because that's the best way to make sure we have a good representation of people, and we have a good representation of the issues that we face in our communities."

Freedom Summer 2014 is still looking for volunteers who are willing to lend a hand, possibly a location to set-up voter registration tables, and even a venue to host the "Jails for Justice" tour that will be making its way to Columbus in August. For more information on how to get involved, contact Howard Mingo at hmingo@naacpga.org.

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