The legacy of Freedom Summer lives on as students across the country are planning voter registration and education events on their campuses this summer. As students return to campus in August, their peers will be there with clipboards, tablets, laptops and enthusiasm to register them to vote. The hard work students put in to help their peers be knowledgeable and ready come November, will be apparent when the polls open. May the courage and drive of Freedom Summer push today’s youth to seek their right to the ballot box. The legacy of overcoming challenges shall prove important in the coming months. As early voting periods have been shortened, registration laws have changed, and voter ID is required in over half the states, students will be faced with overcoming these difficulties. However, look back some 52 years and see the great barriers of fear and violence young men and women overcame to register some twelve hundred African Americans in Mississippi. We can see students have the power, vision, and strength to do great things. See you at the ballot box students!