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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.


Sally Belfrage, Freedom Summer, (New York: The Viking Press, 1965), p. 169.


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Excerpt describes Rita Schwerner's emotional reaction to her huband's death, and what she urged others to take away from the experience.

Date / time: 
1965
Author(s): 
Belfrage, Sally
Publisher: 
Viking Press
Pages: 
169
Publication: 
Freedom Summer
Date published: 
1965

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