Original Freedom Rider to Visit

Friday, February 17, 2012

Charles Person, an original Freedom Rider, will speak at the University of West Georgia on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Charles Person, an original Freedom Rider, will speak at the University of West Georgia on Tuesday, Feb. 21.The program, “College Students: An Integral Part of the Civil Rights Movement. Could you Get on the Bus?” begins at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom-108.1.

It is free and open to the public.

In 1961, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) arranged for a group of interested and committed college students to ride Trailways and Greyhound buses throughout the South. These courageous students were trained in the ways of non-violence to bring awareness to the unequal plight of blacks in the South.

Person, one of the youngest freedom riders, and others were severely beaten during the rides.

Come and listen to the first-hand account. This event is sponsored by UWG’s Office of Institutional Diversity. For additional information call 678-839-5400.