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Buses Are a Comin'

Memoir of a Freedom Rider

by Charles Person, Richard Rooker

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Buses Are a Comin' by Charles Person, Richard Rooker
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    Apr 2021, 304 pages
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    Jan 2022, 304 pages

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Charles Person's memoir is an enthralling account of the American Civil Rights Movement and an impassioned call to action.

Charles Person was just 18 years old in 1961 when he became the youngest of the first wave of "Freedom Riders" – men and women who boarded interstate buses in America's South with the intent of challenging segregationist policies and practices. His memoir, Buses Are a Comin', is a chronicle of the events in his life that led up to his participation in the Civil Rights Movement as well as his experiences on the trip. Along the way he draws parallels to today's Black Lives Matter movement, and ends his account with a call for readers to continue the fight for racial equity.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1942, Person was a happy child with a loving and supportive family who gradually became aware of how racism was impacting him and those around him. The turning point came in 1960, when he decided he wanted to become an engineer, and with exemplary grades and SAT scores applied to ...

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