Today in 1961: A mob of 300 white segregationists, with the tacit assent of the local police, attack a busload of both black and white “Freedom Riders” in Montgomery, Alabama’s bus depot.
Among those beaten was Justice Department official John Seigenthaler, who had tried to negotiate their safety. Attention to the violence forced Attorney General Robert Kennedy to send in U.S. Marshals to protect the Riders. They had been seeking to guarantee equal access to interstate transportation by riding the bus but had been met by violence elsewhere in Alabama as well as South Carolina.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Techno-Activism Third Mondays, or TA3M, is an informal meetup designed to connect activists and technologists who are interested in the problems of surveillance and censorship. This meets tonight at 7 PM, at Sector67, 2100 Winnebago Street. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit wiki.openitp.org
The Goodman Community Center Older Adult program offers a regular calendar of activities and resources for living well for adults age 60 and over. No reservations or registrations are required for meals and programs. For details, call 241-1574, extension 232, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition program offers a wide variety of services, food and nutrition information to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children less than five years of age healthy and strong. For details call 267-1111.