KEY COMPONENTS OF SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

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"For me, the most important lesson
[of the Freedom Movement] is that by respecting the fact that fellow activists could passionately disagree over strategy and tactics—yet remain allies—they strengthened SNCC and the Movement as a whole."
From Bruce Hartford's article in the current issue of Urban Habitat.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Modern Day Freedom Rides

2011 was the 50th anniversary of the 1961-63 CORE organized Freedom Rides.  PBS produced a 2 hour documentary to commemorate that anniversary, along with organizing a modern day Freedom Ride last year.  Facing History and Teachers Domain in conjunction with PBS took up the task of creating workshops to get the story into the classroom.

Some spin offs of this anniversary celebration this year:

DETROIT FREEDOM RIDE
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Students from Newark, NJ, Detroit MI, Chicago IL, NYC, Baltimore, MD attend press conference outside the United States Department of Education on July 10, 2012. The youth represented communities that filed Title VI Civil Rights complaints against discriminatory corporate school reform policies.
SUPPORT THE NATIONAL EDUCATION FREEDOM RIDES 2012: Journey for Educational Justice



NEW ORLEANS FREEDOM RIDE
. . . . Now, 50 years later, a modern crop of riders joins a national protest for justice in education, sponsored by the Save Our Schools March. Starting today [July 28], these students will help lead workshops and trainings with the Girls and Boys Club of Washington and other youth organizations. On Saturday, they will march with education leaders, teachers, other students, parents and community organizers. The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation helped organize the New Orleans group of activists and scheduled stops along the way—including to the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery on Tuesday—to learn more about the civil rights movement and SPLC’s prison pipeline litigation work.


And, not surprisingly, the co-optation of the history!!  National Armed Forces FreedomRide?  Unh?!

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