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More than 400 Americans risked their lives as Freedom Riders in the Summer of 1961, deliberately violating Jim Crow laws in the Deep South.

Did you participate in the Freedom Rides or later actions of the Civil Rights Movement, or did you know anyone who was a Freedom Rider? Do you remember learning about the rides and what you thought of them? Is there any issue today for which you would risk your life? Share Your Stories.

4 responses to “Share Your Stories”

  1. Eddie Barnes

    16th May, 11

    Jim Crow laws were out in the open, accepted by the majority as a way to control blacks in those days. I am concerned about acceptance of the silent under cover working Jim Crow laws that exists today. For instance, in Alabama 82% of all disorderly conduct arrest of seventeen year olds and below from 1996-2009 was black,63% overall black. Alabama has a population of 4.7 million people,71% white and 26% black. What the freedom riders fought for then is still happening today. I know, I am not suppose to say that out loud. The 1901 Alabama Constitution is the same constitution that is in affect today in Alabama. This constitution was built on two premises: 1. White supremancy. 2. Disinfranchisement of black people. Just as it worked in the past, it is working today.

  2. As a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL in 1961, I participated in a sit-in. We were to give our seats at the lunch counter in a local store to students from the black college, Florida A&M. The police were waiting for us. I was thrown into a police car. The officer driving the car turned to give me a really dark look, saying “If I were your father, I’d slit your throat.” I ended up being released, but six of my friends were arrested along with six of the black students and they all had to stand trial. It was a totally Kafka-esque experience. There was no justice, the verdict was set before the trial began.

    I had grown up in Florida, but my mother was from New England and my father was from Sweden, and the forced separation of blacks from whites didn’t make any sense to me. I still find it hard to believe the way we treat each other.

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    19th May, 11

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  4. Vic Anderson

    25th May, 11

    What a bunch of PBS-souls with literally nothing at stake. How about freedom airbus rides to IrAfPak to stop the Obamanible Bush WAR$ (as just[ly] one U.S. anti-imperial example; worthy of say, King or Ghandi, “Over There”)!?