Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today marking the 50th anniversary of the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights workers killed in Mississippi during “Freedom Summer.” The anniversary is tomorrow, June 21st:
“Fifty years ago, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were brutally murdered while trying to register African Americans to vote in Mississippi. Their courage and determination to help others exercise their most basic right in our democracy, even in the face of very real dangers, continues to inspire me and millions of Americans to this day.
“When I went to Mississippi and Alabama earlier this year to commemorate the anniversary of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ march, I had the honor of meeting Andrew Goodman’s brother and hear firsthand about the energy and enthusiasm that Andrew, James, and Michael shared with their fellow ‘Freedom Summer’ activists as they sought to ensure that the practice of American democracy lived up to its promise. These three young men – as well as so many others who marched and organized for civil rights and the equal right to vote, and whose sacrifices paved the way for a stronger American democracy – will never be forgotten.”