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Remembering Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner

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Remembering Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner

Description

Press release outlining a three part film/discussion series sparked by the release of the movie "Mississippi Burning."

Subject

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

Creator

Queens College (New York. N.Y.)

Source

AndrewGoodmanCollection

Publisher

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

Date

1989-03

Date Created

2014-06-17

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Language

English

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Queens (New York,N.Y.)

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5Q Queens College/Cuny College Relations Flushing, NY 11367 718-670-4170

For Immediate Release
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Contact: Ron Cannava
office: 718-670-4170
Home: 516-829-6185
Remembering Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner
Lives of 1964 Civil Rights Martyrs Depicted
By Hollywood to Be Focus of Queens College Tribute
Queens College will delve into the controversy over the
film Mississippi Burning, based loosely on the 1964 murders of
three civil rights workers, as one event in a semester-long
twenty-fifth anniversary tribute "to the ideals of social justice
for which James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner gave their lives."
A free public film/discussion series on February 23, March 2
and March 16 will bring to campus the producer of Mississippi
Burning, the mother of Andrew Goodman, a member of the Chaney family, and the civil rights leader who inspired Andrew to go to Mississippi. Panel discussions and other events at the College will reunite many Freedom Summer participants after 25 years. Andy Goodman was a twenty year old Queens College
undergraduate when he volunteered in June 1964 for the Freedom Summer project, which sent 1,000 college students into hostile
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rural areas of Mississippi to register voters.
An experienced civil rights worker, Michael Schwerner was
the husband of a Queens College graduate, Rita Schwerner, also a staff member for the voter registration campaign. Their coworker, James Chaney, was a native of Neshoba County, Mississippi where the murders took place. The three young men were seized by . Klan members, some of them law enforcement officers, on June 21, 1964. After a 45-day search, the FBI found the bodies of the three civil rights workers buried beneath a local dam.
Producer Fred Zollo will .participate in a special screening
of Mississippi Burning for the Queens College community on
Thursday, March 2, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Colden Auditorium. Prior to the film, he will join a panel to discuss the film's impact on young people not born when the events took place as well as on those who lived through the civil rights movement. Aaron Henry, the Mississippi civil rights leader who spoke at Queens College in April 1964, with Andrew Goodman in the audience, has been invited to be on the panel. A former president of the Mississippi NAACP, he hopes to be able to take time out from his current duties as a member of the Mississippi State Legislature. Other participants will include Queens College
Political Science Professor Michael Harrington, Freedom Summer participant Marvin Rich and a member of the Chaney family. The screening will be the second presentation in a three part film series meant to put the events of Freedom summer into
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fresh perspective for today's students. The series is called The
Civil Rights Movement: Fact and Fiction---Remembering Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner. "Queens College has always tried to instill in our students the values and courage exemplified by these young men," said Queens College President Shirley StrumKenny. "I believe it is vitally important to involve today's
young people in activities to help remember and understand the
meaning of the sacrifice made by Chaney, Goodman ·and Schwerner.''
The free public film series begins on Thursday, February 23
from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 230 in the Benjamin
Rosenthal Library. The first presentation will be Mississippi: Is
This America? from the Eyes on the Prize series. Professor
Paulette Pierce of the Queens College Sociology Department will be moderator for the panel discussion to follow.
Mrs. Carolyn Goodman, mother of Andrew Goodman, will
participate in the final event of the film series. The third film
will be shown on Thursday, March 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Student Union and will recall the life and
work of Martin Luther King. The moderator for the discussion will
be Professor Barbara Emerson, ·oirector of the SEEK Program at
Queens College. "The third presentation is intended to bring together many threads of the discussion," said President Kenny. ''We want to present an overview of the part college students played in the struggle for social justice during the sixties and to inspire
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this generation of young people to join today's struggle for
interracial understanding."
The College community is working to develop a number of
other events for the semester-long tribute to Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner. Planning is underway for a Concert of Civil Rights
Music, a Student Freedom Week, a conference on the journalism of the civil rights movement, and a reunion of the 1964 Freedom
Summer volunteers, who came from campuses throughout the country.
For information, call 718-520-7323.
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PROGRAM FOR THE FREE PUBLIC FILM SERIES:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1989: Mississippi: Is This America? fromEyes on the Prize series. Rosenthal Library, Room 230, 4:30 p.m.to 6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1989: Mississippi Burning Colden Center, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: including Fred Zollo, Aaron
Henry.

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 1989: Film on Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. Student Union. 4th Floor, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion.

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

Citation

Queens College (New York. N.Y.), “Remembering Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 29, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/278.

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