young men who were murdered during a voter registration drive in
Mississippi in 1964 will be honored with the Presidential Medal of
Freedom on Nov. 24.
Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were civil rights
activists and participants in the voter registration drive known as
year is the 50th anniversary of their kidnapping and
subsequent murders on June 21, 1964.
Goodman, and Schwerner were registering African-Americans to vote
during the Freedom Summer of 1964, assisting the Congress of Racial
Equality in Mississippi.
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one of the men among the 18 originally charged in the case, it took 41
years to the day before a Mississippi grand jury found him guilty on
three counts of murder. Some were convicted before that.
identical bills are pending in Congress: one in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced in
April 2014, and the other in the U.S. Senate introduced in September 2014. Both
call for the striking and presentation collectively of a gold
congressional medal for the three men.
Goodman and Schwerner are among the 19 recipients in November of the
Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor,
presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious
contributions to the security or national interests of the United
States, world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or
private endeavors, according to a White House news release.
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