David Fankhauser Joins the Freedom Rides

I (David Fankhauser) was a 19 year old Chemistry student at Central State College (CSC) in Wilberforce, Ohio when the call from Diane Nash for volunteers to replace hospitalized and injured Freedom Riders (“fresh troops”) arrived. To look my best as a member of the movement, I shaved my beard, had my mother cut my hair, and put on my best clothes.  On Wednesday 24 May 1961, I, along with Dave Myers, another (white) CSC student, flew into Montgomery Alabama to join the Freedom Rides.