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Posted on: February 22, 2021

White Plains Youth Bureau Sponsors Program on The Freedom Riders

2021 Freedom Riders event February 23rd

In the early 1960’s, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) organized the Freedom Riders.  The Freedom Riders were groups of white and African American civil rights activists who participated in Freedom Rides, bus trips through the American South in 1961 to protest segregated bus terminals. Freedom Riders tried to use “whites-only” restrooms and lunch counters at bus stations in Alabama, South Carolina and other Southern states. The groups were confronted by arresting police officers—as well as horrific violence from white protestors—along their routes, but also drew international attention to the civil rights movement.  One of the original 13 members of the Freedom Riders was former U.S. Congressman John Lewis.  Luvaghn Brown, a former Freedom Rider will share his experience as one of the Freedom Riders.  Luvaghn was arrested for his participation in a sit-in in a Walgreens lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi on July 11, 1961. In October of that year he was also arrested while picketing outside Jackson's fairgrounds.

 

The program will be held via ZOOM. For more information, contact the White Plains Youth Bureau, (914) 422-1378.

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