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Recent Freedom Riders trip has lasting impact on MSU student

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 12:00 pm

After a whirlwind trip across the South commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders, Murray State University student John Walker says he will never be quite the same.

In April, it was announced that PBS’s “American Experience” program had selected 40 college students from across the country for the 2011 Student Freedom Ride in conjunction with the May 16 broadcast of Stanley Nelson’s “Freedom Riders” documentary and the 50th anniversary of the original May 1961 Freedom Rides. From May 6–16, the journey was designed as a “moving classroom” in which students would retrace the route of the original Freedom Riders, who used public transportation as a means of challenging segregation in the South in 1961.

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