Congressmen Announce Freedom Riders Reunion in Mississippi

On May 24, 2010, the 50th anniversary celebration being planned for Mississippi was announced at a press conference in Washington, D. C., by the Mississippi Freedom 50th Foundation. Participating were, from left, Freedom Rider and National Board Chair Hank Thomas; Freedom Rider Congressman John Lewis (GA); Mississippi Board Member Martha Bergmark; Freedom Rider Congressman Bob Filner (CA); Freedom Rider Joan Mulholland; Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS); Freedom Rider Rev. Reginald Green; and Mississippi Board Chair and Foundation President Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore. Photo by Ladyest  Images for Mississippi Freedom 50th.


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Join This Historic Celebration: Return of the Freedom Riders

Join us at the RETURN OF THE FREEDOM RIDERS, an historic, national gathering to welcome, honor and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Rides, marking a pivotal point in the evolution of the civil rights movement. For the past two years the people of Mississippi have been planning this unique experience of programs, ceremonies, visits, exhibits, oral histories, and education and training forums. Over 100 Freedom Riders and their families will travel to Mississippi to reunite with their colleagues and tell their compelling stories about the struggle to eradicate racial segregation in interstate travel that changed the course of American history. Youth and adults are invited to take part in the inspiring series of events that will take them to historically black colleges; Parchman Penitentiary, where Freedom Riders were imprisoned; the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial; the site of Emmett Till’s fateful encounter; houses of worship; community-based organizations; and civil rights legacy destinations.

See the Full Schedule of Events!