A Conversation with Original Freedom Rider Dr. Lafayette
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location: Online, attend via Zoom
This conversation will detail the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever, seen through the eyes of a 20-year-old student, Bernard Lafayette, roommate to John Louis.
From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment – for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow Laws, the Freedom Riders met bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.
Part of Black History Month and the Common Read.