May 22, 2024

Don’t Miss It: Monday, Noon, Ball Circle

To Members of the UMW Faculty and Staff,

You probably have noticed this week the buildup to the launch of the Freedom Rides 50th Anniversary Commemoration.  I am very excited about this opportunity for us to come together as a community to honor Dr. James Farmer, who was the architect of the Freedom Rides, and to recognize the sacrifices made by those courageous individuals who put their lives on the line to transform our nation.

I write to call to your attention the kickoff activity that will occur on Monday, February 7 at noon on Ball Circle.  This will be the official unveiling of a special outdoor exhibit designed to tell the story of the Freedom Rides and to commemorate the actions the Freedom Riders took 50 years ago.  Present will be Eric Etheridge, author of the book Breach of Peace, a photo journalistic portrayal of the Freedom Riders, along with two actual Freedom Riders.

If your schedule permits, I hope you will attend this event.  I also ask you to encourage UMW students to participate.  I know that it will be a meaningful experience.

If you do plan to attend, please feel free to stop by the James Farmer Multicultural Center in Lee Hall prior to the event to pick up a free t-shirt.  A limited number of these shirts will be available on Monday.

I encourage you also to attend other events throughout the semester that will commemorate the 50th Anniversary.  You may get additional details at the following website:

Thank you.

Richard V. Hurley

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.