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By Lu-Anne Haukaas Lopez
We walked past the man under the padding. Walked past the bench bed, the carpet coverlet. We walked past singing, cheering. We were the Freedom Riders, and he had picked the wrong corner to sleep on, the wrong bench to wake on. This morning would be no different for him — rousing to the roll and rush of traffic, the glow and gold of a D.C. morning sun. No different except for the sea of hope and faces, the force and click of cameras, the rise and ring of Ray’s story telling voice — the voices, our voices, the singing. We walked past him and drove away. The South was waiting. Celebration 50 years in the making was waiting. But I couldn’t help wonder as we left him, his bench bed, his carpeted curb: What about him? What about them? What about us?
Our days are filled with the gild and glory of the sacrifices of the past. No bars, no blows for us — the greatest discomfort is getting Wifi to work on the bus. Tonight I sit typing this, propped on my hotel bed, stacks of white towels at its foot. In our capital, he’s finding a bench. He’s pulling a carpet over his head. No songs, no freedom. In our capital, he sleeps.
On May 6, the forty 2011 Student Freedom Riders met for the first time and attended a screening of the film Freedom Riders at the Newseum in Washington DC.
Freshman to Appear Today on Oprah
By Aleese Kopf
Not many KU students can say they have been on Oprah. Not many students can say they have met a true American hero. Today, William Dale, a freshman from Topeka, will meet both.
Dale is scheduled to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show covering the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders. He is one of only 40 college students from around the country to join original Freedom Riders in retracing the 1961 Rides from Washington, DC to New Orleans, LA. Originally, more than 400 black and white civil rights activists rode on public buses to protest against segregations laws in the South. Dale is also one of only a handful of the 40 students selected to appear on Oprah. Read more…
USF’s Ray Arsenault Watches ‘Freedom Riders’ Book Gain Steam
by Eric Deggans, St. Petersburg Times
Imagine the most powerful woman in the media at the other end of a telephone line, emotion building in her voice as she asks to bring the story of your book to millions of her devoted followers.
That’s how Oprah Winfrey joined forces with University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor Ray Arsenault after she saw the PBS documentary inspired by his award-winning book, Freedom Riders. Read more…
Tune in on May 4th to watch the Oprah episode on the Freedom Riders.