Freedom Rider, Charles Person shares his story

Freedom Rider, Charles Person shares his story
Just outside Anniston on what's now Alabama Highway 202, the crowd set fire to the Freedom Rider's bus (Source: Freedom Riders National Memorial.)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Freedom Rider Charles Person shares his memoir live Friday.

Person, who is from Anniston, will share his experience as a Freedom Rider and civil rights activist who fought to integrate public buses.

Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Riders.

“I believe now is the time,” said Person. “By sharing my experience, I hope to encourage others to stand together.”

The event will be moderated by Phillip Howard of the Freedom Rider Training Institute, who will open the conversation with Person. It will also feature panel discussions from community organizer and founding pastor of The Firm Foundation Church Reverend Eva Melton, President of the NAACP Youth Council as well as President of the Birmingham Police Youth Advisory Council Caleb Neverson, along with the Black Lives Matter Birmingham Chapter Co-Founder, Faith & Works Executive Director and former Alabama State Coordinator for Black Voters Matter Cara McClure.

In recognition, a museum and institute are being established in Anniston.

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