Thomas Armstrong, a native of Silver Creek, Mississippi, and the first current resident of the state to join the Freedom Rides in 1961, shares his story. Shortly after his decision to publicly confront segregation, he was forced to leave home in fear of his life. Friends and family members didn’t hear from him for decades, and thought he’d disappeared, never to return. Now, he is breaking his silence about his involvement in the early days of the struggle for racial integration in Mississippi, hoping to inspire younger generations to realize the personal power of civic engagement. “We were ordinary people, both black and white in the South, who made it happen,” he said, “not unlike the high school, college and university students of today.”
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