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Archive for December 2008

James Bevel, 1936-2008

James Bevel was born in Itta Bena, MS, in 1936. He was a member of the Nashville Student Movement in 1961, and rode the first bus of Freedom Riders into Jackson on May 24. After bailing out, he began recruiting future Riders in Jackson, and set up a CORE office there. He went on to […]

Joan Mullholland: A Trip to Medgar’s Grave

This is the seventh in a series of posts by Freedom Riders in response to Barack Obama’s victory (see the other entries here.) Joan Trumpauer Mulholland grew up in Arlington and Fairfax, VA. In 1961 she was living in Arlington and working on Capitol Hill, active with the Nonviolent Action Group protesting segregation in Washington, […]

Dancing in the Rain

This is the sixth in a series of posts by Freedom Riders in response to Barack Obama’s victory (see the other entries here.) Thomas Armstrong III was born in Silver Creek, MS, in 1941. He joined the movement as a sophomore at Tougaloo College in Jackson, working on voter registration and other projects. After the […]

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