Everyone has a period of history that they admire and wish they could have lived through. Sometimes it’s The Great Depression, other times the Roaring Twenties, and sometimes a World War. For me I would have to say the period that I admire the most would be the Civil Rights Movement, in particular the Freedom Rides. For those who don’t know the Freedom Rides were a set of bus rides set up by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee that had intentions of riding from Washington D.C. to New Orleans in hopes of testing the Supreme Courts ban on segregation in interstate travel. The Freedoms Riders targeted the Deep South and were often met with much violence.
Maybe it’s because I’m taking a Modern African American Experience course and a Civil Rights Movement course, but these Riders have left a lasting impression on me I believe. It’s a part of history we are rarely, if even, taught in school about the history and struggles of Blacks. When you think of Black history the first things that pop-up in your mind are generally Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X (personal opinion). The younger heroes are often forgotten about and that’s who the Freedom Riders were, young college students who believed that what they were fighting for was right and they would risk it all to have Blacks gain the civil rights they deserved. It honestly makes me wonder would I be willing to put my life on the risk to fight for something I believe in. I believe many of us would say we’d do it, but when it got serious I wonder how many would back down.
They’re Dr. and Dr. Morrow. Dr. Morrow (the wife) is teaching a senior seminar next semester. I must take it to say I finally had a Black professor at UGA.