freedom riders

"Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders,” a photo-history book, contains a series of extended interviews with riders. Here's three of them.
These are small but important opportunities to get involved with OUR National Park System. There is a great chasm between
"It was horrible. It was like a scene from hell."
Hank Thomas, one of three living Freedom Riders still alive from the May 14, 1961 bus firebomb attack in Anniston, Alabama, spoke before a mixed audience at a Georgia college recently. His message wasn't just one of racial reconciliation. It was about "allies."
Lewis was attacked just eight days after leaving Washington, while trying to enter a whites-only waiting area in Rock Hill
All were willing to step up to make a difference, to lead when it could be dangerous, and to let their lives be shining examples for others. We should remember them when we face stormy and cloudy weather in our national life and become bright rainbows of hope like them.
I got involved in civil rights gradually. At the outset I simply cared deeply but didn't know very much about it. It became clear that it was one thing to be legitimately in favor of racial justice, yet quite another to take a controversial public stand on the issue.
Lucky for us, we still have an enlightened blueprint of a social contract to help guide us and sometimes we even pay attention
Here's another photo of her, this time performing for the Community Unitarian Universalists of Brighton the first Sunday
Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, there are modern schemes to try and take away your vote. Well we at National Action Network will not sit by idly and watch as the fundamental rights so many fought and died for are being eliminated -- and neither should you.
Pope Francis is more than the leader of one billion Roman Catholics. He is a key person in a global "Interfaith Age" embracing many faiths and religious leaders.
Moving her work out of museums and galleries to Atlanta's inner city streets, Bright plastered walls with monumental portraits of civil rights activists who are now in their 70s and 80s.
I walked away from Daniels' film deeply moved. As obvious as this film can be in its messages -- bigotry and racism: bad -- it still touches on moments of history from the recent past that need to be recalled, over and over.
Lewis said that the Supreme Court "sent us back to the drawing table" and called on Congress to create a new formula to determine
What I saw happen between John Lewis and Chief Murphy wasn't just a "ripple of hope," it was the current my father promised those ripples would become: a force "capable of sweeping down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
The media is abuzz over what appears to be the implosion of the Romney campaign. Such a focus on the individual candidate's tactical ineptitude obscures the larger point that the Republican Party is just as calamitous on a substantive level.
With Martin Luther King's birthday just past us, and Black History month coming up, the time seems right to celebrate those invaluable films that shed light on the black community's long struggle for equal rights in this country.
My father was my umbrella; but he didn't just shelter and protect me. He molded me. He taught me the importance of community. I write this open tribute with no hesitation nor reservation to say that I am so proud to be his daughter.
Inspired by the Southern Freedom Riders, the Palestinian Freedom Riders seek to shed light on Israel's racially discriminatory practices by boarding segregated buses on routes between illegal settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.