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Title

Fast For Freedom Article

Description

A flyer reprint of an article describing the "Fast For Freedom" and its success at raising awareness to the situation in Mississippi and as a fundraiser.

Subject

Mississippi Freedom Project

Creator

Leichtlein, Ken

Source

ArtGattiCollection.Box1.Folder2

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1964-7-3

Date Created

2013-9-17

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Language

English

Type

Text

Spatial Coverage

Queens (New York, NY)

Text

Reprinted from Long Island Star Journal - Friday July 3, 1964

Collegians fast “for freedom”
by Ken Leichtlein

Seven Queens College students yesterday began an indefinite fast to dramatize their demand for federal protection of civil rights workers in Mississippi. Hoping to evoke student sympathy on a national level for their demand, they began a “Fast For Freedom” at 3 P.M.

Their resolve to continue the fast for the holiday weekend and then on a “day-to-day” basis is strengthened, they said, by the fact that Andrew Goodman, one of the three men missing in Mississippi since June 21, was a fellow student at Queens College.

The seven are: Erik Rosenthal, Howard Schwarts and Gary Ackerman of Flushing; Steve Brooks of Bayside; Ronald Pollack of Kew Gardens; Charles Simmons of Jamaica; and Mike Wenger of Woodmere.

“We thought of the idea last week” said Wenger of the fast. “In addition we asked students at a rally last Friday to gather petitions and contributions for a bail bond fund.”

“On Wednesday, a petition with 2,000 signatures was given to Senator Kenneth Keating, who was speaking at the college. He will personally deliver it to President Johnson.” Wenger said.

So far, 600 dollars has been collected for the bail bond fund and has been turned over to the Queens College chapter of CORE. The students said they were not affiliated with any group and the fast was their own idea. “We think this form of orderly protest is the best thing we can do to help the workers in Mississippi” Wenger declared.

“We feel fine now,” he answered when asked about going without food, “ but we’re a little apprehensive, they say the first few days are the hardest.”

During the period of fasting when they said they would consume only water, the seven will continue their studies and live at the College Memorial Center. At night they will sleep at the First Methodist Church in Flushing.

Student support for the group has been strong, they said, and they [see] a constant stream of wellwishers.

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Original Format

8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 279 mm)
Paper
Newspaper

Citation

Leichtlein, Ken, “Fast For Freedom Article,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 24, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/221.

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