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Day 5: Emotions

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

By Collis Crews

We left from Augusta, GA at around 8:30 am. and arrived in Atlanta at around 10:30  am. On the way to Atlanta, we had a poetry contest in which my fellow student riders came to the front of the bus to perform some sort of poem, song, or rap. As I was listening to the performances, I was also having a conversation with fellow student rider Anna Nutter. I was telling her about how the exhibits in the International Civil Rights Museum as well as the documentary The Murder of Emmett Till brought tears to my eyes. Seeing the grotesque face of Emmett Till after he was killed was very mind boggling and I asked myself, “In the case that Till’s murderers did have morals, where were they when they were beating and shooting him?” My emotions also spilled out because I was also talking to Anna about my late great-grandfather from Mississippi who, even when he came off as a happy and joyous person that would do anything for his community, I could still see the pain and suffering in his eyes from the oppression he dealt with under Jim Crow. Anna also inspired me to write a poem highlighting the emotions I felt during the ride. I called the poem “Are You Satisfied”, because there are a few people at my school, North Carolina A&T, who feel that I lack emotion and wish that I would gain some. It took me about ten minutes to write and when I recited it on the bus everybody loved it.

When we arrived to Atlanta, we visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King used to speak. I wish we could have spent more time at both places but we had to keep moving. While I was at the Church, I literally could feel Dr King’s spiritual presence and it was something that I wanted to keep feeling.

When we arrived in Anniston, AL, we were welcomed by a great dinner and afterward we went to the Freedom Riders reception in the Calhoun County Public Library located downtown. There we heard Charles Person talk about the emotions he felt coming back to Anniston and how fifty years ago he and his fellow Riders would have expected the complete opposite. When Person was telling his story, the tears were rolling down my face constantly. We discussed our emotions in a conversation when we got to the hotel.

Today I realized that before the trip, it was hard for me to express my emotions. I plan on coming back to A&T a new person who will find it easier to share his emotions, and this ride will do the trick.

Meet Doaa Dorgham

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

50 Years Later, Students Retrace 1961 Freedom Ride

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

50 Years Later, Students Retrace 1961 Freedom Ride
By the Associated Press

Charles Reed Jr. is skipping his college graduation ceremony to do something much more significant to him: retracing the original 1961 Freedom Ride and paying tribute to those who helped win the civil rights that his generation enjoys.

Reed says missing Friday’s graduation doesn’t compare to the sacrifices the original Freedom Riders made when they challenged the South’s segregation laws: quitting jobs, dropping out of college and, ultimately, risking their lives. Read more…

Welcome to Day 1!

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Today is DAY 1 of the 2011 Student Freedom Ride!

Our students are all here and ready to depart. This morning our students will go through an orientation and then have activities in and around Washington DC. Throughout the day we’ll post essays, photo and video from the students as they reflect on Day 1.

Follow this blog by rider, leader or speaker, location, or by day, by clicking on any one of the options under the “Follow the Ride” menu to the right.

Stay tuned as our student riders finally GET ON THE BUS!

Marin Independent Journal

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

San Rafael Man One of 40 Students Selected for PBS’ ‘Freedom Ride’
By Jessica Bernstein-Wax

Public Broadcasting Service has selected a San Rafael man to participate this week in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, a 10-day journey that lets young people retrace the original bus route civil rights activists took 50 years ago to protest segregation on transit.

Francisco Diaz, a 25-year-old filmmaker, community activist and anthropology student at Santa Rosa Junior College, was one of 40 students to win a spot on the “American Experience” ride out of a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants. PBS chose just three other students from California, two from Stanford University and one from Santa Monica College. Read more…

Community Toolbox

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The Freedom Rides: 50 Years Later

As summer nears, many college students are planning road trips, but few will have the same significance as the one that William Dale, a University of Kansas freshman, will embark on with 39 other college students. On May 6, 40 students from across the country will be undertaking a journey to retrace the stops of the Freedom Rides, fifty years later. In 1961, more than 400 black and white civil rights activists boarded buses and embarked on a journey from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans to test Boynton v. Virginia, a Supreme Court decision that made segregation illegal in the public transportation that crossed state lines. During their journey, they encountered mobs, physical assault and imprisonment, and in fact, because of the violence from the Ku Klux Klan and other supremacy groups, the original riders never reached their intended destination. Read more…

The Murray State News

Friday, May 6th, 2011

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…

Meet Ryan Price

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Esther Kim on KUED Channel 7

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Utah’s KUED profiles Esther Kim at the Salt Lake International Airport before leaving for the 2011 American Experience Student Freedom Ride. ”I think for me, there’s a really big personal piece, of trying to figure out where I fit into this whole conversation about civil rights and social justice.” Watch the video

Georgia Public Broadcasting

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Freedom Rides Again
By Jeanne Bonner

Forty college students, including two from Georgia, are retracing a seminal Civil Rights-era journey. Fifty years divides the two trips, but the students will depart from Washington, D.C., just as the original Freedom Riders did in 1961. As the students prepare for the bus trip, they are learning how much the Freedom Rides changed life in America. Read more…

Lansing State Journal

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Michigan State University Student Joining 10-Day ‘Freedom Ride’ Tour
By Laura Misjak

EAST LANSING – When Erica Shekell steps aboard a bus with 39 other college students this week, she’ll be taking a step back in time.

Shekell, a Michigan State University journalism and media arts and technology junior from Howell, will retrace history as she takes a 10-day-long journey that follows the original path of the 1961 Freedom Riders. Read more…

Ithaca College Media Relations

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Ithaca College Student Takes Part in Retracing of Historic Civil Rights Route
By David Maley

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College freshman Tariq Meyers will be one of 40 college students taking part in a reenactment of the famous Freedom Rides in conjunction with a PBS film commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic episode in the Civil Rights Movement. Meyers will travel by bus for 10 days from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans, as part of an effort to launch a national conversation about the role of civic engagement in today’s democracy. Read more…

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Local Students Retrace 1961 Freedom Ride
By Jackie Loohauis-Bennett

Two local students will be among the bus riders when 40 college students retrace the route of the 1961 Freedom Ride from Washington D. C. to Jackson Miss., on May 6.

Maricela Aguilar of Marquette University and Alicia Skeeter of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will be on the 2011 Freedom Ride, part of an outreach campaign leading up to the May 16 PBS American Experience broadcast of the film “Freedom Riders.” Stanley Nelson’s film retells the story of the civil rights advocates who challenged the tradition of segregated facilities in the American South in 1961. Read more…

Meet Peter Davis

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Pride Source Between the Lines

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Student Activist Relives 1961 Freedom Rides
PBS Selects MSU Junior for 50th Anniversary Tour
By Tara Cavanaugh

Erica Shekell is about to go on the ride of a lifetime.

The Michigan State University junior was selected among 1,000 applicants to take part in the PBS American Experience 2011 Freedom Ride. The ride celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Rides, during which a diverse group of men and women peacefully protested racism and segregation by riding together on busses through the Deep South. On their well-publicized journey, they faced violence, discrimination and even imprisonment. Their story is the subject of a PBS documentary, “Freedom Riders,” that will air on PBS’s American Experience program on May 16 at 9 p.m. Read more… William Dale on Oprah

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

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…