Freedom Riders at History Café

Thursday, 21 April 2011 - 7:00pm
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Threatened. Attacked. Jailed. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.

At this month’s History Café, meet two of the authors of the newly released book, Seattle in Black and White: The Congress of Racial Equality and the Fight for Equal Opportunity, as they recall the emotions and intensity of this pivotal and highly charged time in America's history. The book will be available for purchase at this event. We will also introduce you to Benjameen Quarless, one of 40 college students in the nation invited to “Get on the Bus” and retrace the 1961 rides from Washington, DC to New Orleans, LA with original Freedom Riders from May 6-16.

History Café is held every third Thursday of the month. Many History Cafés are recorded by KCTS 9 and are available for online viewing. Co-sponsored by MOHAI, KCTS9, Seattle Public Library and Roy Street Coffee and Tea.