40 Years Later, Mississippi Lauds 'Freedom Riders'

Forty years after they were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, the U.S. Congress recognizes the efforts of James Chaney — a black man from Mississippi — and white New Yorkers Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. The trio took part in the 1964 "Freedom Summer" program to organize voter education and registration programs throughout Mississippi.

Related NPR Stories

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.