[Marxism] Neshoba

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 10 12:03:44 MDT 2010


“Neshoba”, the powerful documentary opening at the Cinema Village 
on Friday in NY and at the Laemmle Music Hall in LA on September 
10th, gets its title from the Mississippi County where civil 
rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner 
were slain in 1964. Chaney was an African-American from 
Mississippi while the other two men were New York Jews. There was 
evidence that Chaney was tortured and then buried alive in the 
earthen dam where all three were eventually discovered.

Forty years later Micki Dickoff was approached by Ben Chaney, 
James’s younger brother, about making a movie about what happened 
in 1964 and about the new trial that was taking place in 
Philadelphia, the seat of Neshoba County. Unlike its Greek 
etymological origins, this sleepy town was anything but a place of 
brotherly love. Dickoff saw the need to move ahead rapidly on the 
project since Andrew Goodman’s mother, then 88 and in failing 
health, was still alive as was Fannie Lee Chaney, James’s mother. 
The Philadelphia Coalition, a group of white and black local 
citizens, was pressing for justice in the case (the original trial 
in 1967 had resulted in very light sentences) and national 
attention was riveted on the efforts to retry one of the few 
surviving killers, a long-time Klan member named Edgar Ray 
“Preacher” Killen who owned a saw-mill and a part-time pastor in a 
Baptist Church. He was 80 years old  when he finally stood trial.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/neshoba/




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