Ray Arsenault to speak at breakfast on Friday

12/04/07 Robert Lorei
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First up today, the Tampa/Hillsborough County Human Rights Council is holding a breakfast this Friday morning to celebrate human rights.

The Human Rights Council is an organization that brings together citizens of various backgrounds who all have one thing in common: a desire to promote the human rights of all individuals, as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

This Friday—at the breakfast WMNF will receive an award from the Council.

Professor Ray Arsenault will be the keynote speaker at the event. He’ll be talking about his award-winning book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

During the spring and summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders set out to challenge segregation in interstate transport by taking more than 60 bus rides through the southern United States. Their effort was also bolstered by the Supreme Court ruling against public school segregation in 1954, the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, and in the late '50s, a generally uncoordinated sprinkling of anti-segregation sit-ins across the South largely by students at black colleges and universities.

Ray Arsenault was our guest during this segment of the 1 p.m. call-in program.

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