Freedom Ride is a one-week pre-orientation trip that carries incoming students to southern cities with rich connections to the black freedom struggle. Via a bus journey through Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina, the group will examine how racial injustice, resistance, and memorialization impact 21st century community building. Our odyssey will start in Farmville, VA where we will tour venues related to school desegregation. In Georgia, we will visit The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, The King Center, The Sweet Auburn Neighborhood, The Atlanta University Center, The Moore’s Ford Lynching Site, and the Hot Corner Business District. The last leg of our sojourn will take us to The International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC.
With a name inspired by the initiative that challenged Jim Crow travel accommodations in 1961, this program aims to immerse students in unique episodes from the history of the segregated south. Doing this enables us to explore how different communities have wrestled with the past and created rituals to amplify that wrestling. On the cusp of entering W&L, new students will find such exercises invaluable.