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Jesse Harris, 1940-2015

Jesse Harris was one of the many Riders from Jackson, Mississippi, a newcomer to the movement who got his first education in nonviolence while locked up in Parchman with the likes of James Farmer, John Lewis and Bernard Lafayette. Civil Rights would become his life for the next ten years. After the Rides, Jesse worked […]

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 […]

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 […]

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