About the Song
This was written by Fred Hellerman of the Weavers in collaboration with Fran Minkoff. Pete Seeger spent Mississippi Freedom Summer working for racial justice in 1964, the summer 3 civil rights workers were murdered by the Klan. Seeger was singing to an audience that summer when someone handed him a note that the bodies of these three were discovered. This was the song he chose to sing at that difficult hour.