PRESIDENT OBAMA POSTHUMOUSLY HONORS JAMES CHANEY, ANDREW GOODMAN AND MICHAEL SCHEWERNER THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM

> JACKSON, MS – Mississippi Democratic Party Chair, Rickey Cole, issued the following statement after President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner:
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> “Today we honor the extraordinary lives of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. We know no heroes like these three men, who changed the course of history with their courage and will to fight for the rights to which each and every American is endowed.
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> “Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner endured unthinkable adversity to strive for equality and justice, and we are eternally grateful for their service to this country. Let us never forget their ultimate sacrifice for a true democracy in this nation.
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> “Though their lives were short, their lives were not in vain. Because of their courage, we are better. While we commemorate their lives, let us be reminded that the struggle is not over. We will continue to honor their legacy by standing up for the voiceless and fighting injustice everywhere to ensure a more perfect Union.”
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