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.
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>.