Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
News Archive: 05/2011
Freedom Rider Was No Hero to Family
May 16, 2011
Freedom Rider Jim Zwerg talks about life after the beating he received in May 1961.
Tower of the Civil Rights Movement, Octavia Geans Vivian
May 16, 2011
Octavia Geans Vivian, wife of Rev. C.T. Vivian, passed away on May 5, 2011, she was 83. As an author, scholar, activist, wife and mother Mrs. Vivian filled many roles in the Civil Rights Movement. Rev. Vivian says he married a soul mate, someone "as close to perfect as any human being I have ever known."
Letter to John F. Kennedy announcing Freedom Rides
May 09, 2011
James Farmer, national director of the Congress of Racial Equality, sent a letter to John F. Kennedy on 26 April 1961 announcing the intention of fifteen CORE members to travel through out the South "testing every form of segregation met by the bus passenger."