"Dear Mom and Dad," the postcard reads. "I have arrived safely in Meridian Mississippi. This is a wonderful town and the weather is fine. I wish you were here. The people in this city are wonderful and our reception was very good. All my love, Andy." Dated June 21, 1964, Meridian, Miss, 4-cent postage. That night, Andy, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney, all civil rights workers, were murdered in Philadelphia, Miss.
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David Goodman, Andy's younger brother and my classmate at Antioch College, recently gave me a copy of Andy's postcard, written the day he died. I keep it on my desk to honor him and to remind me of their mother, Dr. Carolyn Goodman, a buoyant spirit and hard working psychologist, at 92, still beautiful and kind.