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Encore: The Story of the Freedom Riders

Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)
From an exhibit on Freedom Riders at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA.

This episode originally aired on August 3, 2020.

We’re joined by University of South Florida professor Raymond Arsenault to learn about the Freedom Riders. The 2010 American Experience documentary "Freedom Riders" was based on his book of the same name. We’ll learn about the Freedom Riders, which were small groups of black and white people travelling together on buses in the early 1960s to deliberately violate segregation laws in the deep south. And we’ll talk about Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, who was one of the original Freedom Riders, and professor Arsenault’s friend.

Dr. Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida.

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