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‘Freedom Riders’ share experiences

An appreciative College audience filled the Ruane Center for the Humanities’ Great Room for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture — a presentation by two of the Freedom Riders, the civil rights activists who, in 1961, rode buses through southern states to protest ongoing segregation.

The presentation on Thursday evening, January 30, featured Ellen L. Ziskind and Paul Breines, who recounted their experiences and recalled feeling varied emotions during their journeys and incarcerations in the deep South.

The question-and-answer program was sponsored by more than 30 campus partners, including the Student Multicultural Activities Office, the Department of History, and the Black Studies Program.

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(Photos by Stew Milne)

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