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James Chaney
James Chaney

James Earl Chaney (May 30, 1943June 21, 1964) was a civil rights worker who was murdered (along with Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman) by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Image File history File links See: Image:AndrewGoodman-JamesChaney-MichaelSchwerner. ... Image File history File links See: Image:AndrewGoodman-JamesChaney-MichaelSchwerner. ... May 30 is the 150th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (151st in leap years). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... Michael Schwerner Michael Schwerner (November 6, 1939 – June 21, 1964), called Mickey by friends and colleagues, was a Jewish CORE field worker killed in Philadelphia, Mississippi, by the Ku Klux Klan in response to the civil-rights work he coordinated, which included promoting registration to vote among Mississippi African Americans. ... Andrew Goodman Andrew Goodman (November 23, 1943 – June 21, 1964) was a Jewish-American civil rights activist who was murdered by gunshot in 1964. ... Members of the second Ku Klux Klan at a rally during the 1920s. ...


Chaney was born in the town of Meridian, Mississippi. He had joined the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in 1963, and was age twenty-one when he was killed. Meridian is a city located in, and the county seat of, Lauderdale County in Mississippi, a state of the United States of America. ... The Congress of Racial Equality or CORE is a U.S. civil rights organization that played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


Chaney's murder occurred near the town of Philadelphia, Mississippi, where Chaney was undertaking field work for CORE. Philadelphia is a city located in Neshoba County, Mississippi. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


The three (Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman) were initially arrested by Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price for an alleged traffic violation and taken to the jail in Neshoba County. They were released that evening and on the way back to Meridian were stopped by two carloads of KKK members on a remote rural road. The men approached their car and then shot and killed Schwermer, then Goodman, and finally Chaney


The circumstances surrounding the death of the three activists were the subject of the 1990 TV movie Murder in Mississippi, which featured Blair Underwood as Chaney. The 1988 film Mississippi Burning was loosely based upon these events. Murder in Mississippi was a 1990 television movie which dramatised the last weeks of Civil Rights activist Michael Mickey Schwerner, and the events leading up to his disappearance (along with two other activists) and subsequent murder. ... Blair Underwood (born August 25, 1964, in Tacoma, Washington) is an American television and film actor. ... Mississippi Burning is a 1988 film which tells a highly fictionalized version of the investigation into the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964. ...


Journalist Jerry Mitchell, an award winning investigative reporter for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger had written extensively about the case for many years. Mitchell, who had already earned fame for helping secure convictions in several other high profile Civil Rights Era murder cases, including the assassination of Medgar Evers, the Birmingham Church Bombing, and the murder of Vernon Dahmers, developed new evidence, found new witnesses, and pressured the State to take action. Barry Bradford, an Illinois high school teacher, later famous for helping clear the name of Civil Rights martyr Clyde Kennard, and three students, Allison Nichols, Sarah Siegel, and Brittany Saltiel joined Mutchell's efforts. Their documentary, produced for the National History Day contest presented important new evidence and compelling reasons for reopening the case. They also obtained an interview with Edgar Ray Killen which helped convince the State to reinvestigate. Mitchell was able to determine the identity of "Mr. X" the mystery informer who had helped the FBI discover the bodies and smash the conspiracy of the Klan in 1964, in part using evidence developed by Bradford and the students.


On January 7, 2005 Edgar Ray Killen, once an outspoken white supremacist nicknamed the "Preacher," pleaded "Not Guilty" to Chaney's murder, but was found guilty of manslaughter on June 20, 2005, and sentenced to sixty years in prison. January 7 is the seventh day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Killen in middle age Edgar Ray (Preacher) Killen (born 1925) is an American former Ku Klux Klan organizer who conspired to kill several civil rights activists in 1964. ... White supremacy is the variety of white nationalism that believes the white race should rule over other races. ... In criminal law, an acquittal is the legal result of a verdict of not guilty, or some similar end of the proceeding that terminates it with prejudice without a verdict of guilty being entered against the accused. ... June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


See also

http://www.mississippiburning.org

The Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders were the 1964 slayings of three political activists during the Civil Rights Movement. ...

External links

  • Biography
  • James Earl Chaney Foundation
  • CNN article on Killen plea
  • James Chaney's Gravesite

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James Chaney - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (461 words)
James Earl Chaney (May 30, 1943 – June 21, 1964) was a civil rights worker who was murdered (along with Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman) by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Chaney was born in the town of Meridian, Mississippi.
Chaney's murder occurred near the town of Philadelphia, Mississippi, where Chaney was undertaking field work for CORE.
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