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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

50 Years Later, Freedom Rides Still Resonate
By Angela Tuck

It’s been 50 years now, but there are times when Charles Person still finds it hard to talk about the summer of 1961 without his voice breaking. The 68-year-old Atlanta man recalls the unfathomable hatred. The beatings. The constant reminders that blacks should stay in their place.

That summer, Person was a pioneer in what would come to be known as the Freedom Rides, an organized effort initiated by the Congress of Racial Equality to challenge the South’s segregation of passengers on interstate travel. Read more…


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