FREEDOM RIDE by James Peck


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James Peck was almost beaten to death (53 stitches in his head and face) last year in Alabama, but this incident, shocking as it was, is subdued as a side effect of what has been a long dedication to both pacifism and non-violence as a stance to combat racial prejudice. Peck joined CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality) in 1946 and since then have been active in the many ways in which this organization has attempted to advance civil rights; he took his first freedom ride in 1947; he participated in other incidents and issues, school desegregation; housing; open swimming pools; etc., etc. 1955 was the ""milestone of Montgomery"" when 42,000 Negros boycotted the city's buses; the sit ins tell their story in their own words; Peck's own experience concludes with the repercussions (expectedly adverse from Senator Eastland, less so from Truman) to his Freedom Rule. A brief, softspoken account which is an effective appeal.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster