Mississippi Healing?

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photoIt is the most unresolved case from America's civil rights struggle. In 1964, three voter registration volunteers, Michael Schwermer, Andrew Goodman, and James Cheney, were killed on a rural road in Mississippi. The event was dramatized in the 1988 movie "Mississippi Burning."

Several members of the Ku Klux Klan were convicted on civil rights charges in connection with the deaths of the three volunteers. But the state did not bring murder charges until last Friday, when alleged KKK kingpin known as "The Preacher," 79-year-old Edgar Ray Killen, was arraigned in a Philadelphia, Mississippi courtroom.

Tune in to for a second look at the events of 1964 as the eyes of the country turn on Mississippi once again.


Susan Glisson, director of the Institute for Racial Reconciliation and assistant professor of Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, member of the Philadelphia Coalition, which pressured the U.S. Justice Department to reopen the 1964 case

Jewel Rush McDonald, her mother and brother were beaten by the Ku Klux Klan outside the Mount Zion Church in 1964, member of the Philadelphia Coalition

Carolyn Goodman, mother of victim Andrew Goodman, just completed a documentary about the killings called "Freedom Now"

Lawrence Guyot, longtime civil rights activist who, in 1964, encouraged the victims to go to Mississippi after the Mt. Zion church burned down to help with voter registration.

This program aired on January 11, 2005.


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