Friday Open Thread | Freedom Riders: The Movement

Charles PersonCharles 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 already proven his commitment through his participation in the sit-in movement in Atlanta. While taking part in the original CORE Freedom Ride, Person and fellow Riders were beaten by Klansmen on a bus in Anniston, Alabama. Unwilling to succumb to violence, Person and other battered Riders pressed on, eventually making it to New Orleans, albeit with the help of the Kennedy Administration. After the 1961 Freedom Rides, Person joined the Unites States Marines, where he served twenty years of active duty. Following his military service, Person worked for the Atlanta public school system. He is now retired and lives in Atlanta.

The youngest member of the original 1961 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Freedom Ride, 18-year-old Charles Person was a freshman at Atlanta’s Morehouse College. Born and raised in Atlanta, Person had been surrounded by reminders of segregation throughout his life. A gifted math and physics student who dreamed of a career as a scientist, he was refused admission to the all-white Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Morehouse, he became active in the Atlanta sit-in movement to integrate segregated lunch counters in early 1961 and was sentenced to 16 days in jail as a result.

Along with Jim Peck and Walter Bergman, Person was one of the most badly beaten of the Riders during the May 14, 1961 riot at the Birmingham Trailways Bus Station.

Freedom Riders: The Music

Group singing provided solace for Freedom Riders facing the constant threat of violence. It was also an effective political tool. “Without singing, we would have lost our sense of solidarity,” John Lewis says.

Hallelujah I’m a travellin’
Hallelujah Ain’t it fine
Hallelujah I’m a travellin’
Down freedom’s main line

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75 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Freedom Riders: The Movement

  1. rikyrah says:



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  2. rikyrah says:

    83 lovelyplains
    February 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm
    For you West Wing buffs, or political drama seekers, “House of Cards” 13 episodes starring Kevin Spacey as a House Majority Whip (was advised by Stenny Hoyer/Kevin McCarthy) was promised SOS by new president, plots his revenge. Netflix original series premiere today.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Obama Called Parents Of Teen Slain In Chicago

    By Kim Vatis

    | Friday, Feb 1, 2013 | Updated 3:36 PM CST

    President Barack Obama called the parents of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who was gunned down this week at a South Side park, the family’s pastor confirmed.

    Rev. Courtney Maxwell of Greater Deliverance Temple said Obama made the call earlier this week.

    Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon while hanging out with friends. News of her death sparked national outrage as legislators discuss gun reform and comparisons are drawn between local gun violence and the country’s recent massacres.

    Funeral arrangements have not been announced and despite a petition asking Obama to attend the girl’s funeral, Maxwell said there is no word on a response.


  4. Ametia says:

    The MSM’s really pushing Clinton. Whatsamattu? No likey Joe; “They’re gonna put y’all back in CHAINS” Biden? Hillary’s a war HAWK. Ed Rendell go to HELL. Hillary is not more popular than President Obama.

  5. Pamplinlaw‏@LesaPamplin

    @DAOWENS44 @3chicspolitico @msnbc When PBO writes his first book about all the crackers in the media & out, it will be a best seller.

  6. Ametia says:

    The Dow closed above 14,000 on Friday for the first time since October 2007 as all 3 major stock indexes posted gains for a fifth straight week.

    The Dow Jones industrial average finished up nearly 150 points for the day after reports on the job market, manufacturing sector, construction spending and consumer sentiment, which all pointed to a healthy economic recovery.

  7. Ametia says:

    Obama: Chu Helped U.S. Move Toward ‘Real Energy Independence’


    president Obama on Friday released the following statement thanking Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who is stepping down from his post in the administration:

    I want to thank Secretary Chu for his dedicated service on behalf of the American people. As a Nobel Prize winning scientist, Steve brought to the Energy Department a unique understanding of both the urgent challenge presented by climate change and the tremendous opportunity that clean energy represents for our economy. And during his time as Secretary, Steve helped my Administration move America towards real energy independence. Over the past four years, we have doubled the use of renewable energy, dramatically reduced our dependence on foreign oil, and put our country on a path to win the global race for clean energy jobs. Thanks to Steve, we also expanded support for our brightest engineers and entrepreneurs as they pursue groundbreaking innovations that could transform our energy future. I am grateful that Steve agreed to join in my Cabinet and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

  8. Ametia says:

    Who Came Up With the ‘Acting White’ Myth?

    This week on The Confab: Join Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris and Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta as they chat with NPR’s Gene Demby and Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s Autumn Arnett about black academic achievement, gun control and the “racist” Volkswagen Super Bowl ad.


  9. Ametia says:

    Ex-senator Scott Brown won’t run for Kerry seat

    Former senator Scott Brown will not run for the seat of departing Sen. John Kerry in Massachusetts, the Associated Press reports.

    The decision by Brown, a moderate Republican, means Democrats now have a better chance of keeping the Massachusetts seat.

    Brown was defeated in November by Democrat Elizabeth Warren, in the nation’s most expensive Senate race. Democrats had made Brown a top target since he was the surprise winner of a 2010 race to replace Democrat Edward Kennedy, who died the previous summer.

    Now Brown can re-ignite his PlayGirl modeling career. LOL

  10. Ametia says:

    John Kerry Says Obama Offered Secretary Of State Job Before Susan Rice Withdrew
    by Meenal Vamburkar | 12:15 pm, February 1st, 2013

    Following the Benghazi attack, much ado was made about UN Ambassador Susan Rice being the contender to serve as Secretary of State in President Obama‘s second term — particularly in light of the comments she made on several Sunday shows. She even withdrew her name from consideration.

  11. Michelle Obama Stops By the Howard Theatre

    Michelle Obama with Musiq Soulchild (Iona Lee for the Howard Theatre

    When you’re FLOTUS, you have a bangin’ new hairdo, and you just want to have some fun after inauguration, what do you do? If you’re Michelle Obama, you go see Musiq Soulchild at the Howard Theatre.

    Sporting a chic black jacket with a multicolored floral top underneath, Mrs. Obama went to the historic DC arts venue last night to celebrate a friend’s birthday, according to the Howard Theatre’s Facebook page, which also posted this picture of FLOTUS with the R&B singer.

    According to a source, Mrs. O. showed up with seven other women, including presidential senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, to celebrate a friend’s birthday. “She was seen dancing in her seat throughout the show,” the source relates.

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  13. GOP Lawmaker Behind Abortion Ban: ‘We’re Not Going To Allow Minorities To Run Roughshod’

    On Wednesday, the Arkansas Senate approved an unconstitutional bill to ban abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. As The Nation’s Lee Fang noted Friday, this is part of a larger strategy by chief sponsor Sen. Jason Rapert (R) to remake America as a arch-conservative country.

    Rapert explained his long-term goals in a racist 2011 rant at a Tea Party rally, as he bashed President Obama for hosting a Ramadan celebration:

    RAPERT: I hear you loud and clear, Barack Obama. You don’t represent the country that I grew up with. And your values is [sic] not going to save us. We’re going to take this country back for the Lord. We’re going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!

  14. Ametia says:

    Way to get out in front of the GOP clowns and circus act, VP Biden

  15. Ametia says:

    Obama administration offers faith groups new accommodation on birth control mandate

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday announced a new accommodation for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control.

    The new regulation attempts to create a barrier between religious groups and contraception coverage, through insurers or a third party, that would still give women free access to contraception. Whether religious groups will accept this new approach depends in part on the technical details of how it’s paid for.

  16. Israel forced Ethiopian Women to take Harmful Birth Control Drug

    American conservatives are pushing their pro birth stance to the point of denyng women the freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions. While conservatives in Israel imposed birth control on a very specific segment of Israel’s population – Ethiopian Jews. In fact, birth control was a condition for gaining entrance to the country.

    What is it with men who think that women’s reproductive organs are state property – be it to impose procreation or restrict it? It’s notable that this program fits the legal definition of genocide under Article 2(d) of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

    Some reports suggest some Rabbis questioned the Jewishness of Ethiopian Immigrants. Last year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that “illegal immigrants from Africa threaten our existence as a Jewish and democratic state” By the way, Netanyahu also holds the Health Portfolio

  17. Ametia says:

    1/31/13 at 2:07 PM
    Michelle Obama Could Be Shooting a Vogue Cover Right This Minute

    After all that ambassador talk went nowhere, the least the Obamas could do is toss Anna Wintour a nice Vogue cover and some lovely spreads of the White House. (There’s a chance that’s all Anna really wanted, anyway.) The Washingtonian reports that a team from Vogue was seen “moving cameras into the residence” early this morning for a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz, who shot Michelle’s last cover for the March 2009 issue. Also of note: The President’s schedule is apparently open today, so he may pose in a few shots himself.

  18. Ametia says:

    February 01, 2013 9:52 AM
    The Predictable Wrath of Lindsay Graham

    Having watched the nasty little trick Sen. Lindsay Graham pulled on a hapless Chuck Hagel during yesterday’s confirmation hearings (asking him to “name” senators who were “intimidated” by the “Jewish Lobby,” a question that has about four reasons for being impossible to answer), I have to say Charles Pierce really called it earlier this week:

    I know that all is cool reason in Republican circles, and nobody’s listening any more to the old people on the Medicare scooters who mistake bags of Earl Grey for millinery, but if you want to see the walking, living, sweating, mewling manifestation of still runnin’ a’skeered, take a gander these days at Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. This is a man with the gallows in his eyes, Because he hasn’t been entirely insane, and because South Carolina’s wingbits have been deprived of their real campeon de loco, Jim DeMint, and because of, you know, that conspicuous longtime bachelorhood issue, Graham has become something of a target.

    • Ametia says:

      BWA HA HA HA Love this comment.

      Well, Ah do declahe…

      After Rhett McCain had vented his ample fury at Mr. Hagel at the cotillion that was organized in his honor, little Scarlett O’Graham felt jealous of all of the attention he’d gotten, and, after deciding that another fainting spell was out of the question, since everyone had tired of that act of hers years ago, she felt that she needed to have one of her patented epic hissy-fits, and screamed at poor Mr. Hagel, treating him like one of ‘the help,’ further ruining his cotillion – and after she was done berating him, declared, “Tomorrow, is another nominee!”

  19. Ametia says:

    Reposting this here.

  20. Ametia says:

    Rikyrah, where are you?!!!

    ‘Downton Abbey’ and other new DVDs
    Posted by Stephanie Merry on February 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

  21. Ametia says:

    John McCain Receives The Most Lavish NRA Donations
    By Lorelei

    It’s no secret that pro-gun lobbyists like the National Rifle Association (NRA) overwhelmingly support Republican politicians. It’s an old joke that Republicans tend to campaign with a “God, Guns, [anti-]Gays” platform and, like many well-worn clichés, it keeps getting repeated because there’s more than a little truth to it.

    According to the Center for Responsive Politics, John McCain is–by far–the recipient of the most generous donations from “gun rights” organizations. He receives about $400,000 more than John Thune (R-SD), who received the second highest total amount of monetary gifts from pro-gun groups.

    Here’s a chart the CRP shared on Open Secrets:

  22. BREAKING NEWS: Dow Jones Industrial Average hits 14,000 for the first time since 2007.

  23. Ametia says:

    OK; satisfied, BITCHES!

  24. Ametia says:

    Want to Buy a Gun Without a Background Check? Armslist Can Help
    Inside the controversial, mysterious world of online gun sales.

    By Stephanie Mencimer | Fri Feb. 1, 2013 3:06 AM PST-Mother Jones

    In 2007, US Air Force Academy graduate Jon Gibbon saw a television interview about Craigslist that got him thinking. The online classifieds site had decided to reject ads for firearms, and Gibbon thought he had spotted an opportunity. “When I heard them say that they decided to ban all gun-related ads because a few users cried out for it, it inspired me to create a place for law-abiding gun owners to buy and sell online without all of the hassles of auctions and shipping,” he told Human Events in 2010.

    So Gibbon hooked up with his academy buddy Brian Mancini, and two years later the pair launched a website they thought was destined to fill a natural void in the online marketplace: Armslist, a website devoted specifically to the private sales of guns and related gear. The site allows private sellers to offer guns for sale to other private purchasers. Buyers can contact sellers via phone or email to set up the sale, and avoid going through a federal background check or even leaving a paper trail. Such transactions are more anonymous than purchasing a weapon at a gun show, where people who can’t pass a background check can buy large quantities of guns.

    Read on

  25. Ametia says:

    Suicide bomber kills guard at U.S. embassy in Turkey

    By Jonathon Burch
    ANKARA | Fri Feb 1, 2013 9:24am EST
    (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, blowing the door off a side entrance and sending smoke and debris flying into the street.

    Ankara Governor Alaaddin Yuksel said the attacker was inside U.S. property when the explosives were detonated. The blast sent masonry spewing out of the wall of the side entrance, but there did not appear to be any more significant structural damage.

    The bomber was also killed.

    U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone emerged through the main gate of the building, which is surrounded by high walls, shortly after the explosion to address reporters, flanked by a security detail as a Turkish police helicopter hovered overhead.

    “We are very sad of course that we lost one of our Turkish guards at the gate,” Ricciardone he said, thanking the Turkish authorities for a prompt response.

  26. rikyrah says:


    I was reminded of a few key things today. The first is that the Republican party in Washington has no regrets about the Iraq War. McCain and Butters reveled in the same utter certainty of their moral and strategic high ground today as they did in the run-up to the worst foreign policy mistake since Vietnam, after the worst national security lapse since Pearl Harbor. Sure, we were so negligent we allowed more than 3,000 innocents to be mass-murdered not far from where I am typing this; yes, we reacted to the atrocity by bungling the search for the actual culprits, brutally torturing countless suspects (some to death), and then starting a second war on false grounds that cost a trillion dollars and tens of thousands of American and Iraqi lives. But you, Mr Hagel, were wrong about the surge!

    He wasn’t, as I have long argued. The promise of the surge was to buy enough time and peace to get the sectarian mess of post-Saddam Iraq to resolve itself peacefully and form a viable non-sectarian polity. That hasn’t happened. What we have is a Shiite authoritarian government in open conflict with both the Sunnis and the Kurds – and greater Iranian influence in the country. The surge did dampen some violence, but the collapse in mass murder was more a result of a political decision by the Anbar tribes to turn against the Sunni extremists, exhaustion after a long period of ethnic cleansing and segregation, and American money to bribe away the rest. It was a face-saver for a war that had manifestly failed.

    Then there is Hagel’s heresy on the question of Israel. Although he is, like most of us, a supporter of the Jewish state, he recoiled in the Senate at the way in which the Greater Israel Lobby choreographs the voting. He just refused to do the necessary grand plié whenever AIPAC’s emissaries came with their bills and resolutions to be rubber-stamped by the Senate. He dared to think outside the box of American foreign policy options called “What The Israeli Far Right Wants”.

    He even at one point raised the possibility – are you sitting down? – of containment in foreign policy, the doctrine that guided the Cold War for generations. This puts him waaay outside the mainstream that gave us the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It made him, in James Inhofe’s view, a virtual emissary of the Revolutionary Guards or in Ted Cruz’s fetid brain, an ally of Jihadism. But if you are McCain and Graham and go to a foreign country, Israel, and on foreign soil, side with that country’s prime minister in a diplomatic showdown with your own US president, you are fine and dandy, and any implication that they might be putting another country’s interests above your own is a disgusting anti-Semitic slur. But if you are a Nebraskan war hero who dares to think about containment, rather than a new cycle in a global religious war, you are effectively called an Iranian double-agent in the Senate itself:

    • rikyrah says:

      Rev Al released a very classy statement on his passing:

      New York, NY (February 1, 2013)— “I am saddened to hear of the passing of former Mayor Ed Koch. Throughout his twelve-years of being Mayor I was one of his most vociferous critics. In fact, my first arrest was leading a sit-in on him about summer jobs for youth in 1978. We later united and worked together around the country in a national campaign for non-violent drug offenders to give them a second chance in life and we ended up getting to know and understand each other. Although we argued about everything from my marching in Bensonhurst, to Florida and Trayvon Martin, and although we disagreed on politics from his views on President Obama to other matters, I have found that he was never a phony or a hypocrite. He would not patronize or deceive you. He said what he meant. He meant what he said. He fought for what he believed. May he rest in peace.”

  27. rikyrah says:

    Person of Interest was intense at the end last night.

    • Roberta in MN says:

      I was on the darned phone last night, so now I have to wait for it to get on CBS or Hulu.Plus to watch it. _:( sad face.

  28. rikyrah says:

    U.S. economy adds 157,000 jobs in January

    By Jeffry Bartash

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – The U.S. created a less-than expected 157,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%, but the economy added more jobs in 2012 than previously estimated, with a large chunk coming in the final months of the year.

    Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected an increase of 170,000 jobs last month, with unemployment dipping to 7.7% from 7.8%. Employment gains for December and November were revised sharply higher, according to new Labor Department figures released Friday. The number of new jobs created in December was revised to 196,000 from 155,000. November’s figure was revised to 247,000 – the biggest increase in 10 months – from 161,000. The large gains in hiring in January took place in retail, construction, health care and wholesale trade.

    Total Black unemployment rate dropped from 14% to 13.8%

    Black male unemployment dropped from 14% to 13.4%

    Black women unemployment rose from 12.2% to 12.3%

    Black teen unemployment dropped from 40.5% to 37.8%

  29. rikyrah says:

    This series has been informative, and educational.

    thank you

    • My pleasure. The leaders were fearless warriors. They were committed and did it without weapons. When they spoke, people fell in line. If the leaders said…we’re going to boycott downtown stores…they got action. My heroes!

  30. Freedom Riders pulled into the Anniston station

    The first couple days of the trip for the Freedom Riders, with stops in Virginia and North and South Carolina were relatively uneventful. Several white men attacked members of the group in Rock Hill, South Carolina but the fight was quickly broken up by police. When the buses stopped in Atlanta, Georgia, they were greeted by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. King warned the leaders that he had heard of Klan members planning something at the next stop in Anniston, Alabama. On Sunday, May 15, 1961, as the Greyhound bus carrying the Freedom Riders pulled into the Anniston station, a group of white men surrounded the bus. One unidentified white man sat in front of Greyhound bus to prevent it from leaving the station while the others broke bus windows and punctured the bus bus tires shouting, “Let’s kill these niggers and nigger-lovers.” (AP Photo)

  31. Freedom Rider Catherine Burks-Brooks of Birmingham, now 71, said one scene will stay with her forever, revealing the depth of hatred on their attackers’ faces and in their words.

    “To see the expressions on white women’s faces screaming, ‘Kill the niggers. Kill the niggers.’ That sticks with me,” she said.

    She vividly recalls the assault on fellow Freedom Rider Jim Zwerg. “Some men held him while white women clawed his face with their nails. And they held up their little children –children who couldn’t have been more than a couple years old — to claw his face. I had to turn my head back because I just couldn’t watch it.”

  32. Freedom Riders - Charles Person and James Peck

    Who sat next to whom, and where they sat in the bus was carefully choreographed before boarding. Here, James Peck and Charles Person share a seat.

  33. Good morning, everyone!

    As soon as Friday rolls around …I lay all my weekly burdens down
    I put on my glad rags….And paint the town——>Living for the weekend


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