• Petitioned Ebony Magazine

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Ebony Magazine

Publish Birmingham Photos-Freedom Riders 1961

    1. Evanne Crogg
    2. Petition by

      Evanne Crogg

      Menomonie, WI

They say a picture is worth a thousand words; a picture from the 1961 Freedom Riders is worth seeing in a magazine. Charles Person was an original Freedom Rider when the Greyhound bus was stopped and beaten in Birmingham, Alabama. Only one photo has ever been published. As part of our spring break trip, a group of UW-Stout students, from Menomonie, WI, got to meet and discuss the freedom rides with Charles Person. After meeting with Charles Person, he told us that Ebony Magazine has additional photos of the beating by Alabama Klansmen in the late 1960s. These photos, if published, would document the event and create a conversation about the riots. I don’t know why the photos aren’t published, my classmates don’t know and Charles Person does not know. Everyone is entitled to their history and Ebony Magazine should publish the photos so the full story can be told.
Charles Person was one of the Freedom Riders who was getting pummeled by rioters. Here is a video link about the Birmingham Bus and photos that have been taken.
PBS Freedom Rides Documentary page
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/watch

Video Link to Charles Person talking about the Birmingham Bus-Original Freedom Rider 1961
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wGSMkZe_UI

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    • Eric Mau OSSEO, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe they not only need to release the photos but publish a story about the freedom riders. Stories tend to be lost in history and it would be great to see this story reach a big community.

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    • RODNEY WILLIAMS SOPERTON, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Full and complete disclosure of our history honors those who participated; might prevent repeating past mistakes.

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    • Val Archer STOCKBRIDGE, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      These events were important parts of the Civil Rights Movement of the time. As an important public voice for news in the African American community Ebony Magazine has a responsibility to report the story including available photoes.

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    • J S CO
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe that none of our history should be hidden.

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    • John Stewart ATLANTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a former employee (1961) I am requesting the Ebony publish the Birmingham photos Freedom Riders, 1961.

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