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Freedom Riders

From the Presidential Proclamation:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2011 as the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides.  I call upon all Americans to participate in ceremonies and activities that honor the Freedom Riders and all those who struggled for equal rights during the civil rights movement.”

How wonderful that the first black President of the United States of America is the author of this proclamation! Oprah had surviving Freedom Riders on her show today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their heroic efforts to end segregation and terrorism in the post-Civil War American south.

I don't think I would have had the courage to participate in the Freedom Rides of May 1961 but I am grateful and ever thankful that they did. I'll be watching the premier of the documentary Freedom Riders” on PBS with tissues handy.

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