Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Oprah Honors 178 Freedom Riders


You cannot honor anyone who had a direct effect on the Civil Rights movement without honoring the true Soldiers.
Who traveled from far and near by bus, train, and some even by car.
They are known as "The Freedom Fighters"!!
Men and Women of all ages who risked their lives venturing into Jim Crow's South to fight for equal rights for all citizens. 


Today on "Oprah". She is marking the 50th Anniversary of the First "Freedom Ride" by honoring 178 of these distinguished men and women who fought then and continue the fight now for equal rights.

Harpo Productions says "It’s one of the largest gatherings of Freedom Riders since 1961".
The riders peacefully opposed 1960s racial segregation of the South.

Winfrey says she owes “a deep debt of gratitude” to the Freedom Riders. She says she knows her “life would be different were it not for them.”

Guests on the show are to include U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and John Seigenthaler, who was assistant to then U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Both men were beaten during the civil rights movement.

The episode is to be among Winfrey’s last. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ends May 25 after 25 years.

PBS’s American Experience will premiere its OUTSTANDING documentary 
“Freedom Riders” on May 16.

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