50 years later: Remembering Mississippi’s “Freedom Summer”

On June 21st, we remembered the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights workers killed in Mississippi during “Freedom Summer,” while trying to register African Americans to vote 50 years ago. Organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, “Freedom Summer” recruited 700 mostly white college students from the North to travel to Mississippi and help African-Americans register to vote.

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A new documentary about the movement, called Freedom Summer, recently aired on PBS. Don’t miss this NPR interview with Stanley Nelson, the documentary’s director, on this remarkable – and painful – event in our nation’s history.

Here in Seattle, we are also blessed to have many people who were a part of this great and courageous moment in our history, including Seattle lawyer Rita Bender and retiring state Senator and civil rights lawyer Adam Kline.

We couldn’t help but be inspired by the courage and determination of these heroes to help others exercise their most basic right in our democracy.

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