Guest Speaker: Freedom Rider, Hank Thomas
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Phoenix Rooms, University Union University of Wisconsin Green Bay
Join us for a screening of documentary film Freedom Riders followed by a discussion with guest speaker, Hank Thomas, one of the original Freedom Riders.
‘Freedom Riders’ Film Trailer
About Hank Thomas
Nineteen-year-old Hank Thomas joined the 1961 Congress of Racial Equality Freedom Ride at the last minute after his roommate John Moody dropped out with a bad case of the flu. “When folks ask me what incident led me to ride,” he said years later. “I can’t say it was one. When you grow up and face this humiliation every day, there is no one thing. You always felt that way.” Thomas overcame an impoverished childhood in southern Georgia and St. Augustine, FL to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee affiliated Nonviolent Action Group. Read a complete biography here.
This event is part of the a Black History Month series presented by the American Intercultural Center sponsored by supporters across campus. This particular speaker is funded in part by the Academic Staff Professional Development Fund.