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In 1961, the Freedom Riders, a brave group of men and women, black and white, young and old, boarded buses, trains and planes headed for the deep South to challenge segregation -- America's version of Apartheit. They were attacked, some were beaten and injured. Most of them, over 400, ended up in jail in Jackson, Mississippi. The project of the Freedom Riders Foundation is to bring together the first every Reunion of all of those brave folks who are still alive, 40 years later: The 1961 Freedom Riders 40th Reunion, 8-11 November, 2001, Veterans Day Weekend, Tougaloo College, Jackson, Mississippi.
The Freedom Riders Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, as an offshoot of the SF Family Stess Center. The Freedom Riders Foundation is headed by Reunion Chair Carol Ruth Silver, an Attorney and former member of the SF Board of Supervisors. She was a Freedom Rider who spent almost six weeks in Mississippi Jails during the summer of 1961, including at Parchman Fram, the notorious maximum security prison of the State of Mississippi. With other Freedom Riders and volunteers, she is attempting to find and contact all of the people who were arrested and jailed as Freedom Riders in the summer of 1961. Cooperation has been extensive from the city officials of Jackson, Mississippi as well as from Freedom Riders from all over. But more help is needed, both volunteers and sponsorships!
- David Lisker
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