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News Tip: Experts Available to Comment on 50th Anniversary of Freedom Rides
Durham, NC - On May 4, 1961, black and white college students began a bus journey through Southern states to challenge Jim Crow laws. Other civil rights activists joined the movement and many endured brutal violence and were imprisoned. Next week many organizations will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic event.
Korstad researches 20th century U. S. history and African-American history. He is the co-director of a research project at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, "Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South."
His publications include "To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America" (UNC Press, 2010) and "Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Talk About Life in the Segregated South" (The New Press, 2001).
Tyson is a visiting professor of American Christianity and Southern culture and a senior scholar of documentary studies at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies. He served as editor and historian for a play, "The Parchman Hour," commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Tyson is also the author of "Blood Done Sign My Name."