Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Buses Are a Comin': Memoir of a Freedom Rider by Charles Person: Review


This memoir is a perfect example of the kind of American history that we stand to lose if we aren't challenging and educating ourselves. Unfortunately, before being offered this book I had no idea who Charles Person was. The American education system doesn't offer even the most basic of true and inclusive American history so memoirs like this one is vital to filling in the gaps. This isn't just the life story of Person, but his accounts of many other men and women who sacrificed and persevered as unsung heroes of an era that hasn't been fully celebrated. One of my favorite lines in this is when Person is reflecting on some of the stops in Georgia and he states "The white South in the fifties and sixties must have liked mobs. They formed so many of them." It's pretty ironic that the same type of people who formed violently hateful mobs then are today constantly decrying peaceful protestors as unruly mobs. If you are looking to add to your knowledge of the Freedom Riders and their experiences I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book.

Happy reading, 

***I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

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