Eulogies for James Chaney - August 7, 1964

Ed King (author)
Fri, 08/07/1964
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In this speech transcript, Rev. David Dennis and Ed King give eulogies for civil rights activist James Chaney who was murdered by the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) along with Mickey Schwerner and Andrew Goodman at the beginning of the Freedom Summer Project in Mississippi in 1964. Dennis and King use this opportunity as a call to action for the residents of Mississippi. Dennis urges the audience to use their anger as an impetus to be active participants in the fight for civil rights, mainly by registering to vote. King begins his speech by singing “O Freedom” with the audience and then goes on to speak about those responsible for the deaths.  King discusses the role of the federal and local government in racial crimes in Mississippi and asserts that they hold just as much responsibility for the deaths as the murderers themselves due to their lack of intervention. He also emphasizes that it is the Christian responsibility of both blacks and whites to bring peace to Mississippi. King’s speech ends with the singing of “We Shall Overcome” and the benediction. 

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Document Description: nine-page transcription of speech; located in PLT Archive folder "Eulogies for James Chaney, August 7, 1964".

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