In 2011, American Experience Invited College Students from across the country to “Get on the Bus”
From May 6-16, 40 college students joined original Freedom Riders in retracing the 1961 Rides from Washington, DC to New Orleans, LA.
Accepted students participated at no cost to them. All transportation, hotel and food expenses were covered by American Experience.
Students participated in an intergenerational conversation about civic engagement.
What does it mean today? What has changed since 1961?
What inspires young people to “get on the bus”?
SHARE the journey. Through live blogging, Twitter, and Facebook, the students on the bus shared their experiences and, in a sense, brought others along on their journey.
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