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Archive for April 2011

An EZ Guide to sounding smart when talking about the Freedom Rides

Today nearly half of the 400-plus 1961 Freedom Riders are in Chicago taping Oprah. It airs next Wednesday, May 4, the 50th anniversary of the day the Rides began. The classic WGBH/PBS two-hour documentary airs on Monday, May 16. If you’re a bit hazy on the details, here’s an EZ-FAQ to help you sound like […]

The Freedom Ride to Jackson with the Chocolate Cake

Freedom Rider Mimi Real was arrested at the Trailways Station in Jackson, Mississippi, on June 21, 1961. At the time she was a sophomore at Swarthmore College. Today she lives in the Bay Area and works as an administrator in a private school. We all gathered at the Montgomery [Alabama] bus station [on June 21]. […]