In 1961, a photo of James Zwerg’s battered face went around the world after he was severely beaten when the Freedom Rides arrived in Montgomery, Alabama on their crusade to end segregation. This Civil Rights hero joins Jonathon Van Maren to tell his story.
Dr. Clenora Hudson-Weems’ book Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement fundamentally changed the way we think about how the Civil Rights Movement began. She joined Jonathon to talk about her most recent book on the murder of Emmett Till and the Civil Rights Movement.
Ruby Bridges was one of the first African-American children to attend a newly integrated school in the Deep South at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Facing down a daily gauntlet of angry racists, protected by federal marshals, Ruby experienced school like few others ever have. She joined Jonathon to share her story.