The Freedom Ride begins

Posted: June 4, 2010 in All Posts, Day 1: Freedom Ride begins, Freedom Riders Movie
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Today, I leave for Nashville.

I’ve signed up to go with Ray Arsenault and some other folks in my graduate program to recreate part of the Freedom Ride trip.

We’ve spent the last three nights pouring over the history of civil rights, already it’s intense. Ray assigned us a small library of books to read prior to the trip that we’re working through:

C. Vann Woodward, The Strange Career of Jim Crow
Harvard Sitkoff, The Struggle for Black Equality
Howell Raines, My Soul Is Rested
James Patterson, Brown v. Board of Education
Raymond Arsenault, Freedom Riders

Since I’ve always thought that I am pretty astute when it comes to civil rights, I realize that I’m probably not and have a lot to learn.

Already I am amazed at what I didn’t know, and I’ve only been reading.

  1. Joel Bauer says:

    Quite interesting to me. Do you have any reminisices from the 1961 Freedom Riders? Do you know where I can find them on the net?

    Thanks, Joel Bauer

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