What are you willing to die for? It’s a bold question, but an important one nonetheless. In Andrew Goodman’s case, fighting so that every U.S. citizen could have the right to vote cost him his life.
Goodman was an activist who joined Freedom Summer, a campaign that attempted to register as many Black voters as possible in Mississippi during the summer of 1964 – the height of the Civil Rights Movement. On Goodman’s first day in Mississippi, he along with two other civil rights workers, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. Goodman was only 20 years old.
Two years later, Goodman’s parents, who were also activists, established the Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) in honor and memory of their son. The foundation works to empower people everywhere to take social action on the issues that matter to them, whether it’s healthcare, immigration, LGBT rights, or the gender pay gap.
In honor of Freedom Summer’s 50th anniversary, AGF will host its annual Hidden Heroes Awards on November 17th at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.