Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights

Saint Xavier University Library will host ”Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights,” presented by Thomas M. Armstrong, in McGuire Hall at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Armstrong will talk about his experience in the early civil rights movement in his native Mississippi, the very heart of white resistance in the South. As a student at historically black Tougaloo College from 1959 to 1963, he joined a small group of colleagues and faculty members who launched early protests for voting rights and equal public accommodations. These were demonstrations led by NAACP leaders, such as the late Medgar Evers, and peopled by ordinary men and women of the South, both black and white.

Armstrong is the author, with Natalie R. Bell, of Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights (Dearfield Beach, FL.: Health Communications, Inc, 2011).

No reservations or tickets are required. The event is open to the public.

For more information, please contact Dave Kohut, associate librarian, at (773) 298-3355 or kohut@sxu.edu