Freedom Ride: A Freedom Rider Remembers by Ann Curthoys

By Ann Curthoys

One hot hour of darkness in 1965, 29 scholars from Sydney collage set out on a street journey via north western New South Wales. Ann Curthoys, the writer of this booklet, was once one of many passengers.

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

The journey used to be marked by way of repeated disagreement, severe road debates, a few actual violence, a lot braveness from the neighborhood Aboriginal humans, and becoming media assurance. by way of its finish, the scholars' chief, Charles Perkins, used to be acknowledged round the nation as a new-style fighter for Aboriginal rights.

Drawing on a diary of her days at the bus, supplemented via interviews with fellow passengers and masses learn within the documents and the newspapers of the day, Ann Curthoys tells the tale of a street trip jam-packed with incident; a trip whose impression can nonetheless be felt at the present time. 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 distinct poignancy to her reflections at the aftermath of 14 outstanding days and nights.

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