Freedom Summer excerpt, Michael Schwerner's death
Rita had returned to the state for the hearing. She spoke to a mass meeting in Greenwood two days later. Standing on the stage, alone and frail, she said, ‘I know what fear is, and I know it makes you think, “I’m not going to do this, I’m not going to do that,” because the risk is too great. But I know that you can risk much more by doing nothing. It’s not unnatural to be afraid, but you’re cheating your children if your being afraid stops them from having something.’ A quiet, composed girl with a smile, and very pale, very thin, dressed in black.
Excerpt describes Rita Schwerner's emotional reaction to her huband's death, and what she urged others to take away from the experience.