Historian Raymond Arsenault Shares Freedom Riders Research

March 14, 2007

On March 14, Historian Raymond Arsenault will share research from his new book, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, as part of the Wheelock College Humanities Department Distinguished Lectureship Series.

They were black and white, young and old, men and women. Some were college students who had just left home. Others were dedicated veterans of the old left. Yet others were ministers and rabbis. They believed in the power of non-violent protest, of direct action in the face of injustice. In the spring and summer of 1961, all of them literally put their lives on the line, riding buses through the American South to challenge segregation in interstate transport. They were the Freedom Riders, and their story is one of the most celebrated episodes of the civil rights movement.

Arsenault is John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History and author of prize-winning books on Southern politics and society as well as the classic essay "The End of the Long Hot Summer." This event will take place at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room, located at the Riverway campus.

For more information contact Professor Lee Whitfield at lwhitfield@wheelock.edu.

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