Freedom Ride: A Freedom Rider Remembers by Ann Curthoys

By Ann Curthoys

One hot dead night in 1965, 29 scholars from Sydney collage set out on a highway journey via north western New South Wales. Ann Curthoys, the writer of this booklet, used to be one of many passengers.

This used to be no traditional journey and it grew to become referred to as the 'Freedom Ride'. Its objective was once to problem the ingrained discrimination and racism that used to be a principally unacknowledged function of NSW kingdom towns.

The journey was once marked via repeated disagreement, extreme highway debates, a few actual violence, a lot braveness from the neighborhood Aboriginal humans, and starting to be media assurance. through its finish, the scholars' chief, Charles Perkins, was once recognized round the kingdom as a new-style fighter for Aboriginal rights.

Drawing on a diary of her days at the bus, supplemented by means of interviews with fellow passengers and masses examine within the files and the newspapers of the day, Ann Curthoys tells the tale of a street trip filled with incident; a trip whose impression can nonetheless be felt this present day. The voices of the contributors, together with the voices of these city dwellers, either black and white, who met the bus and needed to focus on the implications, upload a different poignancy to her reflections at the aftermath of 14 impressive days and nights.

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