Breach of Peace:
Stories of the Freedom Riders of 1961
A Mike Wiley production
Tuesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m.
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On May 24, 1961 19-year-old Jean Thompson boarded a Trailways bus in Montgomery, Alabama, with 11 other young Freedom Riders bound for New Orleans – and history. Within three months, approximately 300 other riders took up the mantle to desegregate buses, following the path of the first brave few. Mobs assaulted many. Others were arrested shining a light on a brutal, segregated South. Breach of Peace is based on true accounts of surviving participants of the Freedom Rides as well as many other individuals involved in the early struggle for African-American equality.
This one-man play is a living monument to those remarkable young men and women of various races, religions and backgrounds who rose to face the dangers of fighting for just and equal treatment for all.
| This engagement is partially funded by the Illinois Humanities COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Recovery Grant|
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