Now this is an Oprah episode worth watching!
Oprah Winfrey is marking the 50th anniversary of the first Freedom Ride.
Harpo Productions says 178 former Freedom Riders will be on Wednesday’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in one of the largest gatherings of Freedom Riders since 1961. The riders peacefully opposed 1960s racial segregation of the South.
Winfrey says she owes “a deep debt of gratitude” to the Freedom Riders. She says she knows her “life would be different were it not for them.”
Guests on the show are to include U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and John Seigenthaler, who was assistant to then-U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Both men were beaten during the civil rights movement.
We’re glad Oprah is bringing attention to these important civil rights heroes. Far too many people are ignorant of the role the Freedom Rides played in bringing voting rights to blacks throughout the South and some of the Riders paid for these freedoms with their lives!