Conversation with a Freedom Rider

Charles A. Person boarded a bus in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1961. His traveling companions helped change American attitudes on civil rights through nonviolent means, though the Freedom Riders faced mental and physical abuse along the way.

Hear Mr. Person’s story in his own words during this special presentation brought by Elkhart Community Schools, the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Premier Arts and the city of Elkhart. No tickets are necessary to attend, and the evening of education and reflection is free.

Mr. Person was twice beaten by members of the Ku Klux Klan during the Freedom Ride, but his dedication to the movement did not waver. The civil rights pioneer continued his work throughout his career, which included retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps after service in Vietnam and management of an electronics maintenance company. He still serves the NAACP in his hometown of Atlanta.