The 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders will be celebrated on the Oprah Show when my friend Jorgia Bordofsky, a leader and activist, and her two grandchildren Sophia and Aniela Bordofsky travel to Chicago to participate in this event. Bordofsky spent 40 days in jail for breech of the peace along with over 400 others during the struggle for equal access to interstate transportation facilities in Mississippi. The show will air on May 4. The award winning documentary by Stanley Nelson “Freedom Riders” will be on PBS on May 16 as part of this remembrance of the civil rights movement of the 1960′s. A reunion of the living Freedom Riders will be held in Chicago as well as in May in Jackson, Mississippi.
I joined the Freedom Riders to Mississippi in 1961 and spent 40 days in jail for breach of the peace, the act of going into a train station waiting room as an intergrated group.
After that experience I worked with CORE and SCLC in New York organizing fundraisers and support activities for those who were in the trenches of the South. I was very active in preparing groups to go on the l963 March on Washington and met with A Phillip Randolph at his office in Harlem. Along with two large buses that we filled with community people from the Lower Eastside of New York, the highlight of that event was a concert with Marvin Gaye in our neighborhood. Today, I am a retired registered nurse, mother and grandmother and supporter of all causes that bring peace, justice, health, sustenance and joy to our planet.”