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softball say are you ready a choir in the airport and i noticed that a number of people was slowly growing i was quite aware that probably attack was in the offing there wasn't a policeman no fbi no no
representatives a lot of water anywhere in the airport a week essentially have been abandoned and i was not happy at this point i was no longer my cheerful defiant self and then jon seaton cholera arrived from washington neighbors at turning turning general's office and i've never heard of him and reading before what bassoonist jon seaton dollar arrived the mob began to disperse and i realize that individuals who were going around and asking people to show their tickets and they did not have a ticket they were escorted out of the airport i guess there was some respect for federal authority although to didn't seem to be any local authority they cared so crowd dispersed and kind of funny thing happened there was a pilot who is willing to fly
american and oh we all got bored with great relief we now had our webpage that we had to get from the previous plan and jon seaton poehler got onboard the plane and walked up and down the aisle and that every one of us shankar hansen it was our savior just like reverend silas show sort of they seem to come from nowhere i met him once when all the women getting ahead of myself jesus to those too well it was obvious that he was being there was a reason that the crowd left and that the pilot was willing to take us to new orleans you know we were headed towards disaster for four he arrived
today yes well i have to reverse it when i heard that we were going to the airport i'm not going to be able to continue to ride on the buses i had very mixed feelings i for one thing did not feel safe level and i was no longer this fearless writer i hate to say it but somewhat relieved that i was not gonna be able to do this ah so i don't think again or my my mind much but the freedom rides was over
well it seems like other things were more important like staying alive as well they're a little bit in the airport and his pieces of what they feel or how do you feel a wall of the attention when i was in the airport i felt very different and i had the day before the day before is full of arrogance in the airport i definitely was afraid and i was very glad to see gordon carrington anymore glad when john sings auerbach i don't know how either free riders fell i didn't go around quizzing them were saying were you afraid i dare say they were not too happy he
says there is well an overnight i became a fearful when i'm not been before and i was no longer so interested in time for the cause it parishioner been to live music this was definitely a new experience for me i had have other encounters in the south stood at a theater in kentucky that was a porsche today i was inexperienced as far as the very deep south with him and i almost couldn't believe it you know it seems so contrary to well i thought of is rather harmless
active hours getting something it doesn't seem so terrible but i what i was not fully prepared for what other people i think well understood that there was going to be violence in the south and i had just refused to believe it i know i felt enormous relief when the plane to go i know i was going to say another day and ours very happy to meet jon seaton of the month it's b it's b you're right is it
as we ended the freedom ride i am sure there is a feeling that many people had what i primarily felt relief that this ordeal we had been in was over and i was not thinking ahead as to what you do next i was not thinking about whether we would presumably or certainly had never occurred to me that people would flock to complete our freedom ride which they did you know so that yes because we had definitely been in great danger some people have been heard and the intention was if not to kill us at least make sure that we would never do anything like this again and that was very clear right after a
war it is lesbian you is this is on love although i was amazed at the level of hate and random i came to realize that aniston was a little different than the rest of the united states it was a center of hatred he's loyal all three
he said that's right i think there was a feeling that i was a misguided white person and i should be protected because the assaults were not aimed at me they were aimed at white males and some black males and i don't know that any of the women who you know were directly assaulted oh this is that we're at a brew with his son you get now this was huge in yeah right i was surprised because i really was
used to being ignored and i thought that would continue that way and it was certainly in the local papers they had aunts and there have been some kind of rain the night before so that was that was the only us all going on oh jesus so yeah and now oh ok
while it i saw it on the front page locally i did not realize that it was you know more than that and remember an astronaut one wrap up the parents give us a poem ok well when i realized that we were getting widespread coverage i had to do mixed feelings one was that you gotta get hurt for it to be news just being refused service was not adequate i wasn't really a terrible world's ancient and i did not want to put myself in that position going back to get hurt more to make news on the other hand it certainly brought the situation to the attention of the whole country and that was important
because we tried and tried desperately to have people take notice of what was going on and they just plain didn't until a response these yes it's true there was that notice and so that part of it was not a bad feeling at all but overall i'd say it was a very mixed feeling so there's been no fees when i asked to join the freedom when i asked to join the freedom ride and when farmer find i
consented i was asked to fill out an application which said as follows i wish to apply for acceptance as a participant in chorus freedom ride nineteen sixty one to travel via bus from washington dc to new orleans louisiana and a test can challenge segregated facilities on route i understand that i shall be participating in a non violent protest against racial discrimination at a restaurant personal injury to may might result and that by signing this application i waive all rights to damages against core the congress of racial equality the kids the families doing something was more comments from where i applied to james farmer to be it just went on the freedom ride i was asked to
sign the following application i wish to apply for acceptance as a participant to chorus freedom riders nineteen sixty one to travel via bus from washington dc to know more in some ways than a and to test and challenge segregated facilities on route i understand that i shall be participating in a non violent protest against racial discrimination that restaurant personal injury to me might result in that by signing this application i waive all rights to damages against core the congress of racial equality thank you don't stay over her course back then is she to the hospital the
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American Experience
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Freedom Riders
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Interview with Genevieve Hughes Houghton, 3 of 3
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Genevieve Hughes Houghton was CORE field secretary on the CORE Freedom Ride May 4-17, 1961.
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American history, African Americans, civil rights, racism, segregation, activism, students
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