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.

Registration is now closed for the Freedom Ride. Please check here about information for next year's Ride! 



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

Koinonia Farm

“Clarence Jordan’s Demonstration Plot”

Sunday, May 10th

Americus, GA to Durham, NC

“The Freedom Movement Today”