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Closing Remarks from the 2011 Student Freedom Ride

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Thank you for coming to the Student Freedom Ride blog. The ride occurred from May 6 to 16, 2011, and during that period over 130 videos, 150 essays and a dozen photo galleries were posted by our 40 student riders. Explore the entries by day, rider, or location from the navigation bar on the right, view all posts by scrolling below, or jump to our most popular posts:

Meet the Riders (video)

Get On the Bus (video)

Day 1: Carla’s Photo Booth of Change (video)

Day 1: Racism is Still Alive (essay)

Day 4: My Story (essay)

Day 8: Jayanni Webster (video)

Day 9: Rachael DeMarce (video)

Day 9: Davy Knittle (video)

Day 10: We Shall Overcome (essay)

If you haven’t yet watched Freedom Riders, you can do so now by clicking on the “Watch” button at the top of this page.

Thank you for ten days we will never forget.

Day 6: Zilong Wang

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Liberty Mutual Responsibility Project

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Chris Churchill, Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project is documenting the 2011 Student Freedom Ride. Check back each day for a new photo gallery documenting the ride as it continues to unfold.

Go to Photo Galleries

Penn Current

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Student Spotlight with Meghna Chandra
By Heather A. Davis

GET ON THE BUS: Meghna Chandra, a sophomore from New Hampshire, is one of 40 students selected from across the country to be part of the 2011 Student Freedom Ride. The PBS show “American Experience” invited college students to apply to be part of retracing the original 1961 rides from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans. From May 6 through 16, Chandra and other student participants will meet some original freedom riders, as well as people working today to combat racial and economic inequality. Read more…

Boston Stories from

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Credit: WGBH

In 1961, hundreds of young people gathered in the South, white and black, to stand side-by-side in deliberate defiance of the region’s segregation laws. They countered mobs, physical assault and imprisonment with non-violent protest and deep belief in the ethos of racial equality.

But the story of the Freedom Ride is not only about the South. Hundreds of riders who had never before crossed the Mason Dixon line, whose lives were not directly affected by Southern Jim Crow laws and institutionalized segregation, traveled from the North to be part of the Freedom Ride. They returned with stories that drew continued attention to ongoing civil rights violations in the United States.

Read stories of Freedom Riders with local connections

Student Rider: John Walker

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Murray State University
Murray, Kentucky
Hometown: Nicholasville, KY

Watch the full episode. See more Freedom Riders.

Student Riders Announcement

Friday, March 25th, 2011

As of February 28, 2011, all applicants have been notified as to the status of their applications.

The list of accepted students will be announced in April 7, 2011 at 10am.

New York Times Article

Friday, March 25th, 2011

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To Promote PBS Film, an Invitation to Head South


Published: October 20, 2010
The “2011 Student Freedom Ride” will retrace the 1961 bus tour of the South by civil rights advocates to challenge segregation that are the subject of “Freedom Riders,” a documentary film.