Skip to main content

View Diary: More than 600,000 AZ votes NOT counted [UPDATE] (160 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  It will still be a long time before this passes (15+ / 0-)

    from living memory.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    In the mid-twentieth century, Mississippi was a site for activities of the civil rights movement as, like other states of the South, it had long disfranchised African Americans and subjected them to racial segregation and Jim Crow laws. Philadelphia in June 1964 was the site of the murders of activists James Chaney, a 21-year-old black man from Meridian, Mississippi; Andrew Goodman, a 20-year-old Jewish anthropology student from New York; and Michael Schwerner, a 24-year-old Jewish CORE organizer and former social worker, also from New York. Their deaths symbolized the risks that activists took to secure the constitutional rights of African Americans, but many more blacks than whites had been killed in the struggle.

    Ku Klux Klan members (including Cecil Ray Price, the deputy sheriff of Neshoba County) released the three young men from jail, took them to an isolated spot, and killed them. They buried them in an earthen dam. It was some time after they disappeared before the bodies were discovered, as a result of an FBI investigation and national media attention.[5] The national outrage over their deaths helped procure support for Congressional passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The murders and related conspiracy gave rise to the "Mississippi Burning" trial, United States v. Price.

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:13:18 AM PST

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site