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I am So Grateful Today
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I am So Grateful Today


I am so proud and so grateful today.

The White House just announced that the 3 murdered civil right workers, Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner are going to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nov 24th

Andy Goodman was my cousin and like a brother to me.

His murder left a hole in my heart that will never mend.

Members of my family and of the James Chaney and Michael Schwerner family will be at the White House to accept this medal.

This is the annoucement for the White House

"James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner (posthumous)

James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were civil rights activists and participants in “Freedom Summer,” an historic voter registration drive in 1964.  As African Americans were systematically being blocked from voter rolls, Mr. Chaney, Mr. Goodman,
and Mr. Schwerner joined hundreds of others working to register black voters in Mississippi. They were murdered at the outset of Freedom Summer. Their deaths shocked the nation and their efforts helped to inspire many of the landmark civil rights advancements that followed."


If you would like to read more about these three very brave young men who were murdered in Mississippi in the summer of 1964...

You wil find these books on Amazon

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitcheel

We are not afraid by Cagin and Phil Drey

My Mantlepiece by Carolyn Goodman and Brad Herzog

Three lives for Mississippi by William Bradford Huie and Martin King Jr

If you would like to find out more about Andrew Goodman and what our foundation does to support young people today who are the hidden heros of tomorrow, you can learn more here.


Today I will be just be reflecting on this history that has touched my life every single day since I was 18 years old.

If we do not learn from our history, we are bound to relive it.

Thank you, Mr President

From a Grateful Jane Mark


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