My Inspiration: the “Freedom Riders”


On the Civil Travel Course we will be going to Anniston, Alabama and to Birmingham.

I was a junior when the bombings in Birmingham began and there are other documentaries on this period.  The March on Washington and King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” triumphed, only to have the Ku Klux Klan bomb the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham killing four little girls less than a month later.

Freedom Summer was between my senior year in high school and my freshman year in college.  Three civil rights workers were killed there.

The second half of my freshman year in college the Selma to Montgomery marches occurred.  5 demonstrators were killed during that time.

Not in my country!  I had to go and do something about what was going on.  That eighth grade girl would not be denied.

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