Freedom Rides: Recollections

Freedom Rides Background

Here are a number of links to items related to my experiences including publications, images, interviews, and a PowerPoint presentation I developed.

  1.  Here is a two-part podcast, hosted by Jerry Springer, in which we explored the songs which sustained Freedom Riders when we were imprisoned in Parchman Penitentiary.   Part OnePart Two
  2. Here is a video of a Public Television interview from WCET, hosted by Barbara Keller of my participation in the freedom rides.
  3.  List of songs sung in the Maximum Security Unit, Parchman Penitentiary, Mississippi, 1961
  4.  YouTube list of Songs Sung by Freedom Riders, Parchman Penitentiary
  5. Flyer promoting European Tour, March 2015:  I delivered talks in Europe on the history of the Freedom Rides in the Southern US, and my participation in them.
  6. Freedom Ride Presentation, Medical School Black History Month Celebration, 9 February 2017

Freedom Ride “Chapters”

Please excuse the fact that these chapters are not in chronological sequence. These pages have been transferred over from my original website, and I am still learning the ropes on wordpress.

50th Year Reunion of Freedom Riders, Photos

50th Reunion of the Freedom Riders, Chicago 2011

David Fankhauser Joins the Freedom Rides

Delegation from Minnesota Inspects Conditions

Freedom Riders again ride in “Breach of Peace”

Freedom Riders Fill Up the City Jail’s “Bull Pen,” We Begin a Hunger Strike

Freedom Rides Leave Montgomery for Jackson

Freedom Rides Proceed with Minor Resistance until Anniston, Alabama

Freedom Songs are Crucial to our Spirits

Hiding Out in Ralph Abernathy’s Home

Hospitalized Freedom Riders Ejected from Hospital

Initial Time in Jackson City Jail

Interview by Westbrook Pegler

Justice Department Enforces the Law

Meeting White Volunteers at Train Station

Moved to Parchman Penitentiary

Original Freedom Riders Disband

Pamphlet of the Words to Some of the Songs We Sang

Planning Meetings with Martin Luther King

Robert Kennedy Urges Restraint

Screens Removed, Plague of Insects, Then We Are Drenched with DDT at 2 am

Song by Bryan Field McFarland, inspired by the Freedom Rides, called “Lyrical Freedom Riders”

Songs Sung by 1961 Freedom Riders in Parchman Penitentiary

Stills Taken 28 May on the Trailways Freedom Ride from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi

Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Gets Involved in the Freedom Rides

Traveling Through Alabama and Mississippi

Violence in Anniston, Alabama

Violence in Birmingham, Alabama

Violence in Montgomery, Alabama

50th Year Reunion of Freedom Riders, Photos

NOTE:
I have been called to task (correctly, I might add) for not always crediting the photographers who have taken these images of the Freedom Rides. I am eager to give credit to these individuals; if you happen to know who took the pictures I have posted, please contact me.