23 May

Award the Freedom Riders the Medal of Freedom

The O’Leary:

Here is an idea, President Obama, that might connect you to your heritage that you rarely acknowledge:  find every freedom rider,  or the closest relative of those who are deceased, bring them to Washington, and award each of them  the Medal of Freedom.  It would  be the most authentic use of this medal that has ever been done.

And here, for you,  is a full roster of these courageous persons, to whom we owe so much.  You could also view the entire PBS program and, perhaps, refresh your memory of this time in our national life and remind you of what you and all of us owe these brave souls.

Not only would you be honoring these patriots who have never been acknowledged to the degree they should have been, you would be educating the young people of America, so many of whom have no idea of what these young Americans, black and white, did for their country.


Chapter One, Segregated Travel


Chapter Four, Bull Connor’s Birmingham







Freedom Riders: Watch the Full Film

The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called the Freedom Riders who in 1961 creatively challenged segregation in the American South.

Running time: 1:53:00

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