Student Joins Freedom Riders for Summer Journey
By Paige Graves
Fifty years ago a group of people stepped onto buses bound for the Deep South with the intention of testing desegregated travel facilities. Like the very first Freedom Riders in 1961, John Walker will be stepping on a bus for the 2011 Student Freedom Ride to remind the nation of the reality of segregation.
Walker, senior from Nicholasville, Ky., is participating in the ride sponsored by American Experience and the Public Broadcasting Service. He is one of 40 college students from across the country who will retrace the stops of the original 1961 Freedom Ride, traveling from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans from today through May 16. Read more…
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