West Park is thrilled announce a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Freedom Summer and Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner, Freedom Summer: The Next Generation, on June 9th at 7 pm. The evening, presented in partnership with The Center at West Park and in cooperation with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, will focus on what we can learn from the summer of 1964 and the communities that nurtured Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner to guide our struggles for a more inclusive society today. The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. will deliver the keynote address, and Linda Sarsour, Simran Jeet Singh, and Stosh Cotler, will offer responses and reflections. Our friend and local singer-songwriter Jeremy Mage will be curating a series of songs from the Freedom Summer as well.


For more information, please see the poster (above) or get in touch with us at 212.362.4890 or Looking forward to seeing you on June 9th at 7 pm!


  1. look forward to attending the freedom 50th celebration event this evening at West Park.

    i have history with freedom summer 1964 and the 3 civil workers martyrdom. my father (late rev. richard s porter, sr.) was pastor of first union baptist church and president naacp in meridian at the time. james chaney was my neighbor. at the time of their deaths i was 7 years old and remember mickey and james having dinner in our home. very interested in the actual and clarification regarding the story of their return to mississippi from ohio prior to their murder in philadelphia. hopefully, i will get a chance to meet the goodmans this evening to share my personal story with them.

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