Indiana Freedom Rider returns for public discussion on civil rights

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Hoosier Freedom Rider returns for discussion on civil rights

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 10, 2014)– The public has the chance to meet with people who pioneered the civil rights movement in Indiana and across the country. The Indiana State Museum is hosting the event “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday in celebration of 50 years since what’s known as the Summer of Freedom in 1964.

The event will recognize the Freedom Riders, who launched their interstate bus rides through 1961, challenging the lack of enforcement of the Supreme Court’s ruling against segregation.

During the discussion and presentation about the Civil Rights Movement, there will be a showing of clips the film Freedom Riders. The event is free and open to the public.

“We can learn so much, that you can act, that you can speak and you can make a difference. I think those are things you can definitely learn and that even as a young person, as a young person or older person, we all have something to contribute,” said Kisha Tandy, assistant curator of Social History.

The leader of the conversation is David Fankhauser who is from Indiana and currently a professor in Ohio. Fankhauser was a teenager when he joined the Freedom Riders

“These were young people who used courage and bravery and decided we were going to take a stand. That they would be a part of this movement and they would fight to make a difference and I think that is really important, to look at young people- a very mixed group of people- coming together for a cause,” Tandy said.

Rozelle Boyd will also be part of the event. Boy was the first African-American city-county councilor in Indianapolis and served in that role for 42 years.

The museum received a grant from a national endowment to do this event and is currently working to gather artifacts, photographs and personal stories from the Civil Rights Movement in Indiana.


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