Tag Archives: Freedom Riders

Black History | James L. Farmer, Jr.|Civil rights activist

James Leonard Farmer, Jr. (January 12, 1920 – July 9, 1999) was a civil rights activist and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was the initiator and organizer of the 1961 Freedom Ride, which eventually led to the … Continue reading

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Saturday Open Thread | Freedom Riders: History

A 36-year-old Baptist minister from Howard, MO, the Reverend Cordy “C.T.” Vivian was the oldest of the Nashville Riders. A close friend of James Lawson, he had gained the trust of the students involved in the Nashville Movement by participating … Continue reading

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Friday Open Thread | Freedom Riders: The Movement

Charles Person was a freshman at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia when he was selected to take part in the 1961 Freedom Rides. While he was the youngest of the thirteen original Riders who departed from Washington, DC, Person had … Continue reading

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Thursday Open Thread | Freedom Riders: The Turning Point

Bernard Lafayette, Jr. was twenty-two and enrolled as an undergraduate at Nashville’s American Baptist Theological Seminary when he took part in the 1961 Freedom Rides. Lafayette endured jail time in Birmingham, Alabama, riots and firebombings in Montgomery, an arrest in … Continue reading

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Wednesday Open Thread | Freedom Riders:The Student Leader

Diane Judith Nash  (born May 15, 1938) was a leader and strategist of the student wing of the 1960s Movement. A historian described her as: “…bright, focused, utterly fearless, with an unerring instinct for the correct tactical move at each … Continue reading

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Tuesday Open Thread | Freedom Riders:The Fresh Troops

John Robert Lewis (born February 21, 1940) is an American politician and civil rights leader. He is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, serving since 1987, and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation. The district includes … Continue reading

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Monday Open Thread | Freedom Riders: The Strategy

Throughout the summer of 1961, more than 400 black and white young Americans traveled together on buses and trains throughout the Deep South, deliberately violating Jim Crow laws in an effort to overturn them. Led by Diane Nash, the Freedom … Continue reading

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