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Memphis student selected for Freedom Rides event

Memphian Jayanni Webster, a Wooddale High School alumna has been selected to be part of a national event that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Memphian Jayanni Webster, a Wooddale High School alumna where she was a Facing History and Ourselves student, has been selected to be part of a national event that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides that was part of the Civil Rights Movement in 1961.

Webster will be among 40 college students who in May will travel with civil rights activists to retrace and reflect upon the Freedom Rides. Their journey will honor the more than 400 black and white college students who risked their lives by simply traveling together through the “Deep South.”

Facing History is an educational partner for the PBS American Experience film, “Freedom Riders,” which tells the harrowing, but inspirational story. Facing History’s study guide and resource-rich Web site to accompany the film are located at facinghistory.org/freedomriders.    

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.  The Memphis office of Facing History currently touches about 190,000 students in portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.

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