21ST-CENTURY FREEDOM RIDE
MAY 6-10, 2015
50 years ago, after the brutality of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, AL, Dr. Martin Luther King called on people of good will—black and white—to come to Alabama and support the local struggle for voter registration. Thousands came, forcing a crisis that eventually led to the Voting Rights Act. But before the Selma to Montgomery March, there were years of NAACP work, Citizenship Schools, and SNCC organizing that laid the group work for SCLC’s dramatic campaign. As young people and faith communities across America work to imagine an effective campaign against racial injustice in our criminal justice system, this year’s 21st-Century Freedom Ride will examine the little known and behind-the scenes work that build and sustained the Southern Freedom Movement prior to Selma.
Joining us as elder/mentor for this year’s ride is Bob Zellner, field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), original Freedom Rider, and organizer in today’s Forward Together Moral Movement.
We will contact you with details about travel and payment information.
Wednesday, May 6th
Durham, NC to Birmingham
“Ella Baker and the Student Movement: 1960-1963”
Thursday, May 7th
Birmingham to Selma
“What Birmingham’s Children Taught the Movement”
Friday, May 8th
Montgomery to Americus
“Rosa Parks as Mother of American Nonviolence”
Saturday, May 9th
“Clarence Jordan’s Demonstration Plot”
Sunday, May 10th
Americus, GA to Durham, NC
“The Freedom Movement Today”