Well-known for his involvement in the Congress of Racial Equality’s Independence Riders civil legal rights effort, Zwerg was the 1961 recipient of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Independence Award. Before learning to be a Independence Rider, he was students in the sociology section at Beloit University. In the years pursuing his civil privileges activism, he researched at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and became an ordained minister. He was raised in Appleton, Wisconsin as the boy of the dentist. He afterwards lived in Az and New Mexico along with his wife Carrie as well as the couple’s three kids. Civil Rights head Martin Luther Ruler Jr. prompted Zwerg to pursue a profession in the ministry.