Samantha Williams, a native of Bryant and a political science major at the University of Arkansas, has been selected as a 2011 Student Freedom Rider.
Between May and December of 1961, 436 Freedom Riders took part in more than sixty Rides. They had various points of origination and termination, but all Riders had the same goals: to test and challenge segregated travel facilities throughout the South, and awaken the nations conscience to the reality and injustice of segregation.
Samantha will join 39 other students as they retrace the original Freedom Rides beginning in Washington, D.C. and ending in Jackson, Miss. and explore the values of tolerance and civic engagement.
To learn more about Samantha and the other student riders visit www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/2011/meet-the-riders.
Be sure to check back often for updates from Samantha as she continues her journey.
American Experience: Freedom Riders premieres Monday, May 16, at 8 p.m.