January 28, 2007 |
Six members of the Freedom Riders, a group of college students who defied segregation on interstate buses in 1961, got back on the bus to retrace their journey from Montgomery to Birmingham. They were joined by about 100 students on a trip organized by Vanderbilt University. The Freedom Riders started as a group of 15 volunteers but swelled to a movement of more than 400 during their protests in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2011 |
The movement that brought Kenyatta McLean, 21, and Robert Singleton, 75, together at a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute Saturday began in the summer of 1961, when college students were recruited to become "Freedom Riders" and streamed by bus into the troubled South to push for abolition of racial separation laws. With the 50th anniversary of those historic rides approaching, McLean was introduced to Singleton and his wife, Helen, at the Culver City Senior Center. The meeting spurred a cross-generational dialogue about the role of civic engagement and the forms it takes in the era of Facebook and Twitter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1997
ANGERITA WRIGHT Homemaker, Los Angeles; was a child in Alabama at the start of the civil rights movement in the 1950s I tell my sons that I survived the 1950s and 60s in Montgomery, Ala. They can survive Los Angeles. I was in the first grade when the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott began [after Rosa Parks refused to ride at the back of the bus.] At that time and to this day, Montgomerians talk about the bus boycott with a great deal of pride. It brought the people together. Neighbors who prior to the boycott did not speak began sharing car rides to avoid riding the bus. It took a whole community to make the boycott work.
May 13, 2001 |
Arriving to a hero's welcome Saturday, Ed Blankenheim said he still recalls the hatred on the faces of the men and women who surrounded and burned his bus in Alabama 40 years ago. Blankenheim, 67, one of the original Freedom Riders, rode in a bus caravan Saturday re-creating the event. He broke down in tears at a Birmingham museum when he saw a replica of the Greyhound bus that had been firebombed in Anniston. "Everything came back to me--the ugliness, the hate," Blankenheim said.
October 18, 2013 |
If one ever needed proof that we live in a warrior culture, look no further than those who have falsely claimed military experience, from two-bit conmen to politicians and corporate leaders adding undeserved gravitas to their resumes. It is an attempt to steal glory, a recognition that much of the American public holds a special regard for those who have served. As Richard A. Serrano explores in his short, entertaining "Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery that Outlived the Civil War," this kind of military fraud is nothing new. In the economic dark days of the Great Depression, "veterans" discovered that a few well-placed lies about serving in the Civil War, backed by a supporting letter from a bamboozled politician, could land a veteran's pension from the government.
December 19, 2013 |
"Lee Daniels' The Butler” tells the story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a White House butler who serves eight presidents and is caught up in the tumultuous civil rights movement. But, for Daniels, the heart of the story lies with the transcendent love between a father and son. That, and a moment shared with his mother, attracted Daniels to the project. As a youth, Daniels teased his mother about her missing tooth. The reason behind it remained hidden until one year she told him that she lost it while she was protesting voter injustice.