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PHOTOS: A Look Back at Freedom Summer

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Fifty years ago, a group of brave men and women took a stand and set about to change the course of U.S. history.

Today, we commemorate the Freedom Riders, such as Diane Nash, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and Rev. James Lawson, who defined the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

These history makers share their firsthand accounts of what is now known as Freedom Summer in CNN’s two-hour documentary, THE SIXTIES: A Long March to Freedom, Thursday on CNN.

Check out these images from our archives and click HERE to purchase your piece of history.

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