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'Riding for Freedom' community presentation Nov. 6

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 3, 2011) -- On May 4, 1961, seven black and six white volunteers boarded buses in Washington, D.C., headed for New Orleans to test compliance with a recent Supreme Court decision that said passengers in interstate travel could use waiting rooms and restrooms without regard to race. This group became known as the Freedom Riders.

 

Last May, seven Albany High School students joined Siena College students to retrace that route to celebrate the 50th anniversary. These Albany High seniors will present a multimedia community performance Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. to share their experiences and insight from last spring's trip to Alabama and Mississippi.

 

"Riding for Freedom" will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 405 Washington Ave. You can download a flyer in .pdf format, and check out a Ch. 13 story about the students that aired Nov. 1.

 

We invite you to join us for this presentation.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The district serves more than 8,500 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students.

         
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