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Freedom Rider Diary, a Lunch Talk with Carol Ruth Silver

Start/End Thursday, March 06, 2014 12:15 PM EST -- 01:15 PM EST
Location Name Jerome Greene Hall 106

Carol Ruth Silver was a 22-year-old recent college graduate, waiting to be admitted to law school, when she got on a bus carrying Freedom Riders to end bus segregation in the South.  She and the other Freedom Riders were confronted with mob violence and arrested for 40 days for violating Jim Crow laws. The Freedom Riders joined a long line of African-Americans fighting against segregation in the South, and they helped to turn the civil rights struggle into a nation-wide movement, another stepping stone to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.
Join us to hear Carol Ruth Silver speak about her experiencesand read from her recently published "Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison", which details her experience in that summer of 1961.  The book is based on notes she smuggled out of the Maximum Security Unit at the infamous Parchman Prison Farm.

  
Carol Ruth Silver, San Francisco, California, is a retired lawyer, activist, and former elected official. She currently appears as a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition opposing the U.S. policy of drug prohibition and has been working for the past ten years to enhance education, particularly for women and girls, in Afghanistan. 
  
The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Law and Culture, the Social Justice Initiative, and Law/Culture.  For questions, please contact Benjamin Mintzer, bmintzer@law.columbia.edu or Bettina Scholdan at bs2820@columbia.edu