1961 Freedom Riders' 40th Reunion

Jackson, Mississippi, Veterans' Day Weekend, November 8-11, 2001

Contact Information

Postal Mail:

1961 Freedom Riders' Foundation
68 Ramona Av, San Francisco 94103



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Update Message from Carol Ruth Silver,
Freedom Rider,
Chair of the 40th Anniversary Reunion, November 8-11, 2001:

After the 2001 Reunion celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides, various minor updates were made to this site, and one major one: posting of the Proclamation which was issued by the Governor of Mississippi declaring Freedom Riders Day in Mississippi. (Other than introducing a few typos, his staff presented the Proclamation to him, and he signed it, exactly as it had been written by me and sent to his office a few days before.)

I want to thank and acknowledge Craig Newmark for being our first webmaster and for hosting this site on craigslist.com.  I also want to thank and acknowledge David Lisker, who acted as CEO of the Reunion, and in every respect performed effectively and cheerfully under very difficult circumstances.

Calendar Updates Discontinued

Many booksignings and presentations in 2015, too many to list. Top highlight was Litquake, the premier San Francisco week-long book festival, where we learned that this book is not only a historical artifact but is part of a literary genre: The Non-Traditional Memoir.

Calendar For 2014 Book Launch

Freedom Rider Diary:

Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison

by Carol Ruth Silver

Booksignings and other Appearances at following locations and times (Note: signed books will also be available at bookstores for purchase after the Booksigning event):

Monday, 1/26/15 – SF Waldorf School assembly, 470 West Portal Av SF 94127, 11:15 AM, Speak, read, sign books

Wednesday, 1/21/15 - Salt Lake City JCC and The King's English Bookshop, 7:00 PM, at SLC JCC, 2 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 801-484-9100, Discussion and book signing by Carol Ruth Silver 

Saturday, 1/10/15 – East Valley JCC, 7:00 PM, 908 N. Alma School Rd, Chandler (Phoenix), Arizona 85224. With Claude Liggins. Talk and reading, reception after.  $10 to $35 charitable donation suggested.

Saturday 10/25/14 – Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, Featured Author, 10:00 AM, 140 - 7th Av So, Saint Petersburg, Florida

Friday 10/24/14 – Award ceremony as recipient of the 2014 Eudora Welty Book Prize for Southern Literature, 9:00 AM, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi

Thursday 10/9/14 – SF Bay Area National Lawyers Guild (NLG), 5:30 PM, 50 California St, Su 3400, San Francisco

Wednesday 10/7/14 – Lincoln Democratic Club, 7:00 PM,  those in the week following at Barnes & Noble, constituted a fundraiser for the Freedom Riders Foundation. The author's royalties during this Launch week are also being contributed to the Foundation.

The Foundation, created more than ten years ago, has used the funds raised to make Legacy grants to Freedom Riders who have fallen on hard times. As funds are raised, it will continue this mission, as well as its long-term Mission, to place books about the Freedom Rides, and about the Civil Rights Movement, in libraries in Mississippi and elsewhere in the South. For the Foundation’s Mission, see http://www.freedomridersfoundation.org/

If you buy the book during the Barnes & Noble fundraiser, or afterwards from any source, and you would like to have your book signed, Carol Ruth Silver has promised to mail it back to you if you mail it to her. And you may want to check this calendar listing, because it is possible that -- within the next two years -- she will be at a Book Signing in a city near you. 


Any 2nd or 4th Monday of the month in 2014,  at 4:00 PM Pacific– Please join us for a Conference Call Salon, with author and friends – Freedom Circle Hour.  This is your opportunity to ask any question, make any comment -- just call in; no access code necessary:  415 891-1150.