...I will remember James Cheney and I will remember his friends and I will remember what he gave his life for.

Ed King: I met Andrew Goodman, only in Ohio.  I remember him as a person who seemed to be full of love for himself and his fellow man.  A quiet, easy-going, friendly fellow--I wish I could have known him better.  I know James Cheney a little better.  But here in Mississippi people like Edwin King from Vicksburg and James Cheney from Meridian are not supposed to be able to know each other as brothers.  And people killed James Cheney so that we could not live in a society where white men and Negro men in Mississippi could know each other.  I had met James when he was with the Schwerners.  I had heard Mickey Schwerner say wonderful things about James Cheney.  I have heard Rita Schwerner this summer say wonderful things about James Cheney. James Cheney helped support the Schwerners to give them strength when they came as strangers to this community, but full of love for this community.  James befriended them and worked with them and truly, they were brothers.  Rita has often talked about this summer of how important James was to this project, for this freedom.  She said he was willing just as Mickey was willing just as she was willing to give all to this project, for this freedom.  Rita has lost a husband.  People here had lost a son that they had known for 20 years.  You have lost a friend.  The tragedy of a time like this is, like me, many of you realize I never came to know James Cheney.  What a wonderful person he must have been.  I wish I could have known him better.  But I will remember James Cheney and I will remember his friends and I will remember what he gave his life for.

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