Nov. 23, 1943 New York New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
Jun. 21, 1964 Neshoba Neshoba County Mississippi, USA
Social Activist. Born the second of three sons of Robert and Dr. Carolyn Goodman on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He attended the unconventional Walden School and during his sophmore year he went to Washington, D. C. to participate in the Youth March for Integrated Schools. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Queens College with an intention of studying drama. In April 1964, he applied for and was accepted into the Mississippi Summer Freedom Project sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality in order to register black voters in Mississippi. He joined two other civil rights workers, Mickey Schwermer and James Chaney, in the hostile atmosphere of Meridian, Mississippi on June 21, 1964. At the end of his first day in Mississippi, the trio vanished. Their case made national headlines and the FBI involved themselves in the search for the missing men. On August 4, the bodies of the three men were found in an earthen dam, all had been shot to death. On December 4, 1964 federal agents arrested nineteen men for conspiring to deprive Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman of their civil rights; no one was charged with murder. Eventually 18 Klansmen were tried, when a verdict was reached some three years later, seven men were convicted, serving less than eight years each. In September 2004 the State of Mississippi reopened the case and indicted a Klansman, released after the 1967 court decision, on manslaughter charges; convicted he will serve three consecutive twenty year prison sentences. Goodman's parents established the Andrew Goodman Foundation, which continues to support a variety of social causes. (bio by: Iola)
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I have always said that something good comes out of every bad thing that happens and I think that your death and those of Chaney and Schwerner were a wake up call to just how evil people could be to one another and that we needed to wake up and treat our ...(Read more) -
George S. Ellington Added: Mar. 4, 2016
THANKYOU for your courage Andrew Goodman...you gave your life, so people could vote -
george Added: Feb. 21, 2016