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Interview with A Freedom Rider

Watch this informative 69-minute Zoom interview with Thomas M. Armstrong, recorded in 2021 as part of the “Voices from the Civil Rights Movement” series in conjunction with the ongoing Oral History Project at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. More than 2,000 interviews have been recorded to date, exploring the history and culture of the 1960s as well as the life, death, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

As a student at Tougaloo College in Mississippi from 1959 to 1963, Thomas M. Armstrong was active in civil rights demonstrations and voter registration drives. He worked with NAACP activist Medgar Evers and participated in the 1961 Freedom Rides. Armstrong is the author of Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights (2011).

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