Montgomery & Selma

Take a Break with History: Albany Freedom Riders & The Albany Movement

June 07, 2018 in Montgomery , AL

2pm-4pm

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Take a midday break to sip, snack, and learn about one of the lesser-known campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Hear from Joan C Browning, who was a 19 year old Georgia native when she signed on for the final campaign of the 1961 Freedom Rides. She and eight others rode from Atlanta to Albany, GA without issue. When they arrived in Albany, however, infamous Police Chief Laurie Pritchett was waiting for them. The arrest of the Riders in Albany helped light a fire under what would be known as The Albany Movement, as well as becoming one of very many Civil Rights and social justice activities of Browning's life. Alabama State University's Archivist and Professor of History, Dr. Howard O. Robinson, II, will help put it all into perspective by talking more about the Albany Movement and how it fits into the larger arc of the Civil Rights Movement.