featuring Mr. Max Pavesic, Ph.D, who will be sharing his experience as a “Freedom Rider” in 1961.
Mr. Pavesic, a student at UCLA, became a “Freedom Rider” in July 1961. He was part of the last Congress of Racial Equality group that traveled to Jackson, Mississippi. The group consisted of thirteen students, one teacher, and one postal worker. Of those, thirteen were male, two were female, six were black, and nine were white. They flew to New Orleans and from there they boarded an Illinois Central train to Jackson, MS on July 30th. They were arrested in the “Whites Only” waiting room, and later they were convicted of a misdemeanor, and eventually placed in the maximum-security block at the state penitentiary.
“Freedom Riders” were Civil Rights activists in the 1960s who rode interstate buses into the segregated South to challenge the segregation laws of waiting rooms and restaurants in bus terminals that had stayed in place, despite Federal rulings against such laws. These non-violent protests bolstered the credibility of America’s Civil Rights movement.
Mr. Pavesic holds a Ph.D. and is a retired Professor of Archeology from Boise State University and is the former Chair on the Board of Directors for the Idaho State Historical Society. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
The event will be held at the Human Rights Education Institute Center located at 414 W Mullan Road in Coeur d’Alene
(Northeast corner of Coeur d’Alene City Park, across from Memorial Field.)
The day’s activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call (208) 292-2359.