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Thu Jun 20, 2024, 12:19 PM Jun 20

In 1964, the Klan killed three young activists and shocked the nation [View all]

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Even in a decade marked by hatred and violence, what happened here on a sultry June night 60 years ago shocked the nation for its brazenness.

Amid Freedom Summer, a daring effort to register Black Mississippians to vote, three young civil rights workers came to town. It was a perilous time. Black churches were being torched throughout the South. Segregationists remained defiant.

As a young boy, James Young would watch his father lie on the living room floor, rifle at the ready, in case someone burst through the family’s door.

“The community would get information that the Klan is riding tonight, or they may be riding this weekend,” Young recounted later in life. “So during those times, my father would be prepped.”


I remember the time, and the later murder of Viola Liuzzo. Seems that the Republicans want to take us back to that era.

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