Catherine Burks Brooks

Posted: August 8, 2010 in Catherine Burks Brooks, People
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Born in Selma, Catherine Burks was a 21 year-old senior at Tennessee State University when she joined the freedom rides, and her refusal to be intimidated by “Bull” Connor’s personal threats as he drove her and six companions to the Tennessee border is captured with unique accuracy in Chapter 5 of Professor Arsenault’s book. She was on the bus with Bill Harbour, John Lewis, Jim Zwerg, Susan Wilber, Susan Herman, Bernard Lafayette, William Barbee, and others in Montgomery, and during the brutal mob attack – perhaps the worst since the Anniston firebombing – she rescued some of the female riders from the mob by driving them to First Baptist Church in a taxicab which she drove herself notwithstanding the protest of the black driver. She continued her commitment to the movement by traveling with Bill Harbour, John Lewis, Jim Zwerg, and others to Chicago to raise funds for CORE, and sees the Movement, and Dr. King’s personal efforts as including empowerment by grass roots organization – directed at social and economic progress, in the footsteps of the organizational techniques of union movements

  1. Richard Morrison says:

    hello catherine I have been looking for you and Picel for eight years please call me you are very Important to me my phne number is 310 6774477 love richard

  2. Brigitta says:

    Dear Ms. Brooks,

    I am a sophomore in High School, in Columbus, Ohio. A group and I are doing a National History Day project on 1960’s African American Civil Rights. One of our primary focuses is on the Freedom Riders. Seeing that you were involved in this event, it would really help if we would be able to interview you about your experiences and reactions to events during that time period. If you are able, we would prefer to interview you over Skype or some other form of video chat. However, if neither of those options work, a simple question and answer would be just fine. Thank you for your time, I hope to hear back from you soon!

    Thanks Again,

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