Edgar Ray Killen, who was convicted in the “Mississippi Burning” murders of three civil rights workers died Jan. 12. Killen, who was a Klansman, was convicted 41 years after the murders of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. They were killed in 1964 and at the time of their death were working with the Freedom Summer campaign trying to register Black voters in Mississippi. In December 1964 the AFRO ran a front page photo of Dr. Martin Luther King holding a photo of the three slain civil rights workers.
HIS FAITH RENEWED—Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Martin Luther King holds up photos of three murdered Freedom Fighters during a NYC press conference following the announcement that 20 men had been arrested in the case by the FBI. Dr. King, en route to Norway to accept the Nobel Prize, said the arrests “renews his faith in democracy.” The three martyred men are Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.