Linda Bannister & James E. Hurd
ISBN Code : 978-1-59-907183-1
Language : English
Pages number : 124
Format : Paperback
In the summer of 1964, hundreds of student volunteers came down from the North and Midwest into Mississippi to build freedom schools and register Negro voters. They wanted to insure that every Mississippian had civil rights; they hoped to loosen the iron grip of racism fostered by an entrenched and growing Ku Klux Klan. The federal government was reluctant to interfere in States' business and, when these workers went south, they had only their zeal and non-violent resistance to protect them. One Sunday in Mississippi depicts the moment when three workers, one black, two white, disappeared in the field in Neshoba County, Mississippi. This is their story.
This one act play explores facts and fictions of the Civil Rights Movement; reflects the political and emotional timbre of the time; and probes the nature of racism. Based on interviews with surviving relatives and friends of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, One Sunday in Mississippi features the differing points of view of the three slain workers as they recall the events of Sunday, June 21, 1964, their last day on earth.
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