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Kredelle Petway: Correcting the Insurance Man

Several of the black Freedom Riders who grew up in the south told me similar stories about childhood protests. These were usually small incidents, unplanned — drinking from a white water fountain, sitting in a white seat on a bus — with little if any repercussions. In the book, Hank Thomas, who grew up in […]

Hank Thomas: My First Arrest

Like several black Freedom Riders who grew up in the south, Hank Thomas began protesting the status quo as a child. “Rebellion came natural to me,” he says in Breach of Peace, and goes to recount his earliest efforts, growing up in St. Augustine, FL. At around 9 or 10 he corrected the white insurance […]