An Exploration of Racism: The U.S. & Beyond, Part 1
Buses Are a Comin': A Freedom Rider's Journey
WHEN Wednesday | 5 May, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
What are the similarities and differences between the struggles of the American Civil Rights Movement and racism and the rise of nationalism around the world today? Join the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD) as they investigate this question during a two-part Tipping Point Lecture Series where national affairs spill into the international arena.
Sixty years ago in 1961, Charles Person served his country as best he knew how as an 18-year-old African American. He got on board a bus of change and rode that bus toward a destination called “Freedom.” For his generation, “freedom” meant being treated like a normal human being. “Normal” meant ordering and eating food at lunch counters like white people could. “Normal” meant sitting in the best waiting areas of bus depots like white people could. “Normal” meant using restrooms like white people could. “Normal” meant riding the front of that bus like white people could.
Charles Person, Freedom Rider, and Richard Rooker, Author and English and History Educator, will discuss how Charles decided to take that journey that put his life on the line and what it means now to be an activist fighting for not only racial justice but gender equality, environmental justice, and more.