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The Civil Rights Movement:Fact and Fiction-Remembering Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner



The Civil Rights Movement:Fact and Fiction-Remembering Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner


Pamphlet promoting a film discussion series surrounding the release of the movie "Mississippi Burning" and other documentary films.


Queens College (New York, N.Y.)
Motion pictures--Reviews.
Civil Rights--Mississippi--History--20th century
Mississippi Freedom Project


Queens College (New York, N.Y.)




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



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This series of three films and panel discussions will
examine the struggle for civil rights from its often violent
beginnings to its growth through two
decades and its hopes for the future. Filmmakers,
writers, scholars and participants in the civil rights
movement will share their eyewitness accounts of the
movement's early days in the South.
During the Spring Semester, Queens College will
commemorate the ideals of social justice for which James
Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner
gave their lives during 1 964 Mississippi Freedom
Andy Goodman was a 20-year-old Queens College
undergraduate when he volunteered for the Freedom
Summer Project, which sent 1,000 college students into
hostile areas of rural Mississippi to register voters.
Michael Schwerner, at age 24, was an experienced civil
rights worker. His wife, Rita, is a Queens College
graduate and had worked on the voter registration
campaign. James Chaney, 21, was a native of Neshoba
County in Mississippi where the murders occurred.
These three young men were seized by members of
the Ku Klux Klan, some of whom were law enforcement
officials, on June 21, 1964. The FBI, after a 45-day
search, found the bodies of the three men buried beneath
a local dam.
The first film, Mississippi: Is This America?, shows how
efforts by such dedicated people as Chaney, Goodman,
Schwerner and Medgar Evers, who also died in
Mississippi, led to formation of the Mississippi Freedom
Democratic Party, a new force for black participation in
the political process. The second film, Mississippi Burning,
is Hollywood's first effort to deal in fictionalized form
with the racial violence in America's most segregated
state in the 1960s. It has raised fundamental questions
about the relationship between the facts of the civil rights
movement and the powerful imaginative representations

of the mass media. The third film, Martin Luther King:
Legacy of a Dream, will focus on Dr. King's contributions
to the struggle for social justice during the '60s.
All of the events honoring Chaney, Goodman and
Schwerner this semester are intended "to inspire this
generation of young people to join today' s struggle for
interracial understanding," said Queens College
President Shirley Strum Kenny. "Queens College has
always tried to instill in our students the values and
courage exemplified by Chaney, Goodman and
The panel discussions following each of the three films
will bring to campus such speakers as Aaron Henry,
whose talk at Queens College in April 1964 was
attended by Andy Goodman; Frederick Zollo, the
producer of Mississippi Burning; Carolyn Goodman,
Andy Goodman's mother; and Julia Chaney Moss,
James Chaney's sister.

Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner
Film/Discussion Series

Committee: Ron Cannavo, Susan Canter, Barbara
Emerson, Steven Kleinberg, Gerlinda Luster, Joseph
Macaluso, James O'Hara, Barry Reister, T awana Thomas

Sponsors: Division of Arts & Humanities, Division of Math
& Natural Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, School
of Education, Graduate Studies & Research, School of
General Studies, Office of the Dean of Students, SEEK
Program, Africana Studies, Black-Jewish People to
People Project, Academic Senate, Student Associations,
Congress of Club Presidents, Black Student Union,
College Union Planning Board

Queens College Film/Discussion Series

The Civil Rights
Fact and Fiction

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Free and open to the public Call:718-520-7323
Queens College
Film/Discussion Series
The Civil Rights Movement: Fact and Fiction--
Remembering Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner

Series Moderator: Tawana Thomas, President, Black Student Union, Queens College

"Mississippi: Is this America?"
from Eyes on the Prize
Thursday, February 23 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Lecture hall 230, Rosenthal Library

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Professor Paulette Pierce,
Sociology, Queens College
Professor William Sales, Africana Studies, Queens College
Professor James Small, City College

"Mississippi Burning"
with Gene Hackman and Willem Defoe
Directed by Alan Parker

Thursday, March 2, 3:00-6:30 pm
Colden Auditorium

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Carolyn Reid-Wallace,
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, CUNY

Professor Michael Harrington, Political Science, Queens College
Honorable Aaron Henry, Member, Mississippi Legislature
Mrs. Julia Chaney Moss, sister of James Chaney
Mr. Marvin Rich, Freedom Summer participant
Professor Judith Rollins, Sociology, Simmons College
Mr. Frederick Zollo, Producer, Mississippi Burning

"Martin Luther King:
Legacy of a Dream"
Thursday, March 1 6, 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Fourth Floor, Student Union
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dean Barbara Emerson,
Director, SEEK Program, Queens College
Dr. Carolyn Goodman, mother of Andrew Goodman
Mr. Julian Krainin, President, Krainin Productions

Original Format

8.5 x 14 inches (216 x 356 mm)


Queens College (New York, N.Y.), “The Civil Rights Movement:Fact and Fiction-Remembering Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed June 30, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/277.