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Civil Rights

Eugenia Goodkind Meyer

Eugenia Goodkind Meyer spent a lifetime working for civil rights on a local level as founder of an urban welfare league offering services to African Americans in White Plains, New York.

In the Mississippi River

In 1964, three civil rights activists disappeared at the start of Mississippi’s Freedom Summer. Assuming that James Chaney (who was black), Andrew Goodman, and Mickey Schwerner (who were both white) had almost certainly been killed for investigating a racist church bombing, the rivers in Mississippi were dredged to look for their bodies. What they found instead is described in the song “In the Mississippi River” written by Matthew Jones and sung here by the Freedom Singers: Dozens of black Americans who had been murdered, their hands and feet tied, and sunk in the river. It was understood that no one outside of their friends and family members would ever notice they were gone.

Protesters March on South Bay Corrections Facility in Boston, Regarding Michael Brown Shooting, circa 2014

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Protesters march on the South Bay Corrections Facility in Boston, MA after a grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson who shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, MO. Circa 2014.
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Protesters march on the South Bay Corrections Facility in Boston, MA after a grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson who shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, MO. Circa 2014.

Courtesy of Sarah Novick

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Screenshot of Online Learning Program, Mississippi Freedom Summer

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Civil Rights." (Viewed on February 7, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/civil-rights>.

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