November 30, 2014

Cornell Civil Rights Activist Earns Posthumous Honor

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President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the families of the late civil rights activists James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner ’61 last Monday.

Goodman — the son of Carolyn Drucker Goodman ’36 and Robert Goodman ’35 — Chaney and Schwerner worked for the Congress of Racial Equality to educate and register African-American voters. The three men were slain by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Philadelphia, Mississippi on June 21, 1964.

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 19 individuals, including the late civil rights activist Michael Schwerner ’61, last Monday. (Stephen Crowley / The New York Times)