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Oral History

From the Holocaust to the Freedom Rides

At least three of the Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1961 had managed to survive or escape the Holocaust as children. Alex Weiss (above) was born in Vienna, Austria, in May 1936, and emigrated with parents and sister in 1940. In May 1940 they arrested my father. There was one line that said, […]

How Stokely Carmichael Betrayed the Movement

Stokely Carmichael’s cry for Black Power in ’66 was a cry of frustration. It did not have planning behind it, and in some ways I feel Stokely — whom I loved, whom I liked a good bit personally in 1960 when I first met him — betrayed the movement. That’s Rev. James Lawson on the […]

Charles Sellers: From the Freedom Rides to the Free Speech Movement

While working on my book, I started to think about the connections between the sit-ins and the Freedom Rides with the Free Speech and anti-war movements that followed – all student-powered, often student-led, almost always at odds with if not in defiance of establishment allies. When I met Freedom Rider Charles Sellers, I met a […]

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