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Letter from Robert and Carolyn Goodman to Dr. George A. Pierson, Dean of Students, Queens College

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Letter from Robert and Carolyn Goodman to Dr. George A. Pierson, Dean of Students, Queens College

Description

Letter discussing the use of funds to be used for a collection in the library in memory of Andrew Goodman.

Subject

Goodman, Andrew 1943-1964
Queens College (New York, N.Y.)
Paul Klapper Library

Creator

Goodman, Robert
Goodman, Carolyn

Source

AndrewGoodmanCollection

Publisher

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

Date

1968-03-25

Date Created

2014-06-10

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JPEG

Extent

241 KB

Language

English

Type

Text

Spatial Coverage

Queens (New York, N.Y.)

Text

CAROLYN AN ROBERT GOODMAN
161 WEST 86TH STREET
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10024

Dr. George A. Pierson
Dean of Students
Queens College
Flushing, New York 11367

Dear Dr. Pierson:

We were pleased to receive your letter of February 23, 1968, informing us of the Committee’ s decision regarding the disposition of the Andrew Goodman Fund and Its proposed use in the Queens College library. We agree with the decisions made but would like to express our belief and feelings as a further guide to the personnel engaged in the specific use of these funds .

We believe that our son's short life ended with organized
violence because our society did not live up to or even believe in its own professed values, and Andrew did. This is a story told often in our history. Is most crucial to us today, for the same confrontations still exist for all of us here and now. It is important to us that Andrew Goodman's life is remembered in this light. It is important
to the students now struggling to express their own purposes with their own honesty. It is important to Queens College because theCollege was one of the sources of Andrew's belief.

Whatever is done with this sum at the disposal of the library, it should be used with this in mind. It is hoped that other funds might be added to express this purpose. It is probable that the life and death or James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman will be noted first as a catalyst and then a turning point in history when America began to act in accordance with its professed values and to believe in its own doctrine.

In the days and years ahead, this struggle between myth and fact, promise and reality, will echo and re-echo in the lives of other young men as well as these three. In this struggle our son will never die. This is the remembrance we wish enshrined in the materials collected in his name.

We believe an appropriate name for the collection would be The Andrew Goodman Memorial.
Sincerely,
Robert and Carolyn Goodman

Original Format

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

Citation

Goodman, Robert and Goodman, Carolyn, “Letter from Robert and Carolyn Goodman to Dr. George A. Pierson, Dean of Students, Queens College,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed July 2, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/258.

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