News Tip: Experts Available to Comment on 50th Anniversary of Freedom Rides

Korstad and Tyson have both researched civil rights history

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

Robert Korstad, professor
Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-7335 or

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

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).


Timothy Tyson, professor
Duke Divinity School
(919) 660-3400

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."