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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.

Details

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

Description

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

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Freedom Summer excerpt, Michael Schwerner's death." (Viewed on November 27, 2014) <http://jwa.org/media/freedom-summer-excerpt-michael-schwerners-death>.

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