Theresa Collington self portrait Freedom Riders 2010

Theresa Collington. Self portrait on the bus at the Birmingham-Montgomery line.

I’m Theresa Collington – a USF gradute student studying civil rights with Dr. Arsenault.

I’m also a hardworking journalist and Digital Media specialist, overseeing all of the websites and digital media at WTSP-TV in Tampa Bay as the Digital Executive Producer. I’m also visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg.

Dr. Raymond Arsenault, historian and co-chair of USF’s Florida Studies graduate program, offered to take some of us with him to visit places where some of the major events happened during the Freedom Rides in 1961 and the Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. Arsenault wrote Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, which has been made into the movie Freedom Riders: Could you get on the bus? It is scheduled to premier in February of 2011 on PBS.

Some USF students, Stetson Law Students, and Stetson University students took this as a civil rights law course. I was one of them.

This experience was life-changing.

This website is an online version of the journal that Dr. Arsenault asked us to keep.

The best way to read through this website is to follow along the pages linked at the very top of the page, starting with ABOUT.

You can see each entry and what we did each day by using the navigation on the left hand side of the page and clicking on the headlines.

Or you can navigate the site by using the tag clouds and category clouds below.

  1. Maxine Jones says:

    I am from Savannah, GA. I was about 12 or 13 years old when freedom riders stayed in my parents home on Weat Bictory Drive. I have written accounts from my memories of this and inept engraving Savannah High School. I remember a young lady from Germany (Hana Loria), who was with the Freedom Riders; talking to her and other riders. I would like to meet you and Dianne Nash and others. I would like for my grandson to meet you and others. My family and I reside in the Nashville area. Finally, I appreavyae yor candid comments on the issue of Great. njk Charter School. “We’ve come to far, to turn back, now”

    In Perfect Harmony
    Maxine Jones,
    Retired Netto Teacher

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