From Chapter 18 of The Plan
— A Historical Fiction Novel about Two Murdered Black, Gay Lawyers And A White Detective , All Killed Because They Knew Too Much About The Assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“In the summer of 1964, three young civil rights workers – Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman – were reported missing in Philadelphia, a small town outside of the Delta, about 80 miles northeast of Jackson, where the Mississippi Klan was thick.
“On June 21and 22 they were lynched by members of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County’s Sheriff Office and the Philadelphia Police Department. The three had been working on the “Freedom Summer” campaign, attempting to register African Americans to vote. As college students were flocking into the state to help with literacy education and voting rights, the atmosphere here was tense.
“I’d collected some old clippings from Jackson’s Clarion Ledger reporting that most Mississippians – meaning white Mississippians – saw the students as “…smug, shrill know-it-all extroverts, problem brats defiant of parental restraint, sexually promiscuous, and addicted to interracial love-making – and more hostile to the White South than to Red Russia.”
“Years later, it would come out from declassified papers that Eastland had told President Johnson that the three murders were a hoax, and there was “no Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi,” and that the three volunteers had simply gone to Chicago. But Eastland damned well knew which students were coming into Mississippi beforehand, and had predicted in a memo that there would be trouble with the Klan. I could prove this with my copy of this Sovereignty Commission report written in Eastland’s own words”. –
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Note: Publication of The Plan is set for July of 2013