The Lives Lost
Andrew Goodman, a 20-year old Queens College Student decided to volunteer to partake in Freedom Summer 1964 after hearing Aaron Henry,an American civil rights leader, politician, and head of the Mississippi branch of the NAACP, speak at Queens College. Michael Henry Schwerner, a field orgnaizer for CORE traveled to Mississippi with his wife, Rita, where they were assigned to coordinate community centers and activities in Meridian, Mississippi. James Earl Chaney, a native Mississipian, volunteered to work with CORE to organize voter registration efforts. He partnered with two northerners, Goodman and Schwerner, and together they became symbols of the sacrifices made to further civil rights and social justice in the south.