Civil Rights 50 Years Later: ‘Mississippi Burning’ Case
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Over two weeks, WCBS 880′s Wayne Cabot is taking a look at the law and its impact on the decades that follow.
It is all part of the event CBS News 50 Years Later – Civil Rights, powered by Microsoft Bing Pulse.
In 1964, three civil rights workers registering blacks to vote went missing in Mississippi. The bodies of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were found six weeks later in a partially completed dam. The FBI referred to the investigation as “Mississippi Burning.”
Eight people were eventually convicted in their killings — the last not coming until 2005.
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