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Commemorating the Freedom Summer of '64

On Sunday afternoon, 27 June, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary will host Light One Candle: The 40th Anniversary of Freedom Summer at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

In the summer of 1964, thousands of young activists traveled to Mississippi to register African-American voters in an effort known as Freedom Summer. Three of these activists, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, were abducted in Mississippi and murdered, a tragedy that galvanized the civil rights movement. Andrew's mother, Dr. Carolyn Goodman, is a frequent guest lecturer, a passionate advocate for social justice, and a longtime friend of the Museum.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the Museum hosts a concert by Peter Yarrow, interspersed with remarks by writers and civil rights luminaries, including Ben Chaney, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Dr. Goodman, and other special guests.

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