The Philadelphia Coalition

The Philadelphia Coalition is a multiracial group of concerned local citizens that was formed around a call for justice in the case of the three civil rights workers–James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner–who were murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, in 1964.

In 1994, members of the Philadelphia Coalition held a press conference to present a Call for Justice in Neshoba County. These are clips from the press conference as well as clips of Edgar Ray Killen being escorted to and from the courthouse for the trial:

These videos can also be viewed here.

After the Call for Justice for Edgar Ray Killen, members of the coalition and concerned citizens voice their opinions, feelings, and appreciation for the Philadelphia Coalition and the change it has brought to Neshoba County:

These videos can also be viewed here.

In 2005, the Philadelphia Coalition was honored by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation with the C.C. Bryant award for community organizing.

The full lecture and awards presentation can be found here.


“The Philadelphia Coalition. Recognition, Resolution, Redemption: Uniting for Justice.”