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January 25, 2007 – 1:08 PM
Posted Thursday, January 25, 2007 — 1:08 PM
Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff retraced the 1961 Freedom Rides with some of the original Freedom Riders as they traveled to Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala. Among the participants was Congressman John Lewis, Diane Nash, Bernard Lafayette, the Rev. C.T. Vivian, Jim Zwerg, John Seigenthaler and the Rev. James Lawson. More than four decades after being expelled from the university for helping fight segregation in Nashville, Lawson returned to Vanderbilt as a Distinguished University Professor.
Read coverage of the Freedom Ride in the Vanderbilt Register.
View a photo gallery of the trip.
Media contact: Princine Lewis, (615) 322-NEWS
Video Written/Produced: Emily Pearce
Shot/Edited/Produced: Pat Slattery
Midsouth Regional Emmy Winner
Vanderbilt‘s video production unit won five Regional Emmy awards in 2007 in advanced media for videos produced for VUCast, Vanderbilt‘s news network. This was the first time the university received television‘s highest honor.