The Legacy Of Jonathan Daniels, 50 Years After His Death

Apr 15, 2015

Jonathan Daniels
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In recent years America has marked 50 years since a number of key moments in the civil rights movement. The March on Washington. The murder of Medgar Evers. The Bloody Sunday at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.

This year marks a half century since a killing that hits closer to home.

Jonathan Daniels, a native of Keene, New Hampshire, was killed in the summer of 1965. And Keene State College is holding a series of events this year about Daniels’ life and legacy.

Larry Benaquist is professor emeritus at Keene State and one of the makers of the 1999 documentary “Here I Am, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels,” which will air on New Hampshire Public Television this month, and will be screened this weekend at Keene State’s Redfern Arts Center. He joined All Things Considered to talk about Daniels, how he's remembered and what from his story resonates in 2015.