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Freedom Rider’s Panel: Road to Racial Justice and Equality

Riding buses in the 1960s throughout the American Deep South, black and white student volunteers protesting segregated bus terminals were met with violence, sparking a movement that gained international attention and ultimately changed the nation’s course. On April 21, at 6:00 PM, Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Ms. Kredelle Petway, and Dr. Rip Patton will share their powerful stories at the “Freedom Riders Panel: Road to Racial Justice and Equality.” This free public event, provided by the Alabama Institute for Social Justice, is part of AISJ’s Racial Healing and Reconciliation Community Learning Forum series. It will be held at First Baptist Church, Greater Washington Park, 2817 Third Street, in Montgomery, AL. The evening includes dinner and musical performances. Guests are required to register at

The Freedom Riders’ fight for equality is a testament to the power of sacrifice and faithful determination in the face of extreme violence. In this era of heightened awareness and increased action around social justice, the panel provides an important platform for discourse and can be a catalyst for change.

Dr. Bernard Lafayette earned a reputation as a proponent of nonviolence. In 1959, he and fellow students attending American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee, organized sit-ins in businesses to bring attention to segregation. He was among those violently attacked on a Freedom Ride in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Lafayette later continued the fight for equality in various leadership roles in civil rights organizations.

Ms. Kredelle Petway, whose father was a Methodist pastor and civil rights activist in Montgomery, Alabama, was arrested along with her father and brother when her father drank from a segregated, whites-only water fountain in Jackson, Mississippi. That experience remained with her when later, as a student at Florida A&M University, she joined the Freedom Ride movement, adding her voice to the cause.

Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr.’s life altered when he voluntarily stepped into the fray of demonstrations while he was a student at Tennessee State University. Although Dr. Patton was expelled from TSU due to his participation in the protests, he continued to endure violence, humiliation, and the threat of death in the freedom struggle, subsequently changing law and history.

This is a free event but you must register to attend.  Dinner will be served.

Call 334-279-3746 for more information.


Sat., Apr. 21, 2018, 6:00PM – 7:30PM

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First Baptist Church, Greater Washington Park 2817 Third Street Montgomery, Alabama 36108

Free Event

Category: History, Family, Civil Rights, Community

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