[Surfnetkids: 27 Apr 2011] Freedom Riders

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#1. April 27, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Lasers are such a modern miracle! Not only do they make wonderful cat toys (have you ever played with a cat chasing a laser pointer?) they also perform medical magic. This week I had a tiny hole in my right retina repaired with a laser. Took about 30 seconds, although it seemed like 15 minutes to me!! All is well, and I am grateful to be the beneficiary of such marvelous scientific advancement.

Speaking of cats, here’s a photo I snapped earlier this week with my new Thunderbolt Android phone. I titled it “Traffic Jam On Way to Bed.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Freedom Riders

by Barbara J. Feldman

Freedom Riders Printable (** for premium members only)

The Freedom Riders were approximately 400 black and white Americans who (at great personal risk) traveled on buses through the Deep South in violation of Jim Crow segregation laws, for six months starting May 4, 1961. Along the way, they were met with violence and hatred. Eventually the country woke up to the injustice of these laws. On September 22, 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued a federal order to end segregation in bus and train stations.

Facing History: Freedom Riders
Created as a student portal for the PBS film Freedom Riders (see site review below), Facing History offers a downloadable student guide titled Democracy in Action, a gallery of film excerpts, and a short intro to the film. “Says filmmaker Stanley Nelson, ‘The lesson of the Freedom Rides is that great change can come from a few small steps taken by courageous people. And that sometimes to do any great thing, it’s important that we step out alone.'”

Freedom Rides: Recollections by David Fankhauser
1961, David Fankhauser was a nineteen-year-old chemistry major at Central State College in Wilberforce, OH. On May 24, 1961, after a haircut and a shave, he flew to Montgomery, AL to join the Freedom Riders. Today, Fankhauser is a professor of Biology and Chemistry at University of Cincinnati. Visit his site to read his first person account of his experiences on the ride including his arrest in Jackson, MS, and the time he spent in the Maximum Security Unit of the Parchman State Penitentiary.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History: Freedom Rides Revisited
“How Far Would You Go?” is an interactive lesson that takes you step-by-step on a virtual Freedom Ride. “Your goal is to integrate the stations and terminals throughout the South, although you know you will face major resistance ahead.” For example, after being attacked by an angry mob in the Rock Hill Greyhound station, will you continue the journey, or take the next bus home?

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#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

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Freedom Riders Printable

Freedom Riders Wikipedia Printable
Martin Luther King Printable

Rosa Parks Printable

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#5. Surfing the Calendar

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May Day
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Mother Goose Day
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Holocaust Day
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May 1, 2011

International Astronomy Week
May 2-8, 2011

Children’s Book Week
May 2-8, 2011

#6. Quote of the Week

“All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.” ~~ John F. Kennedy ~~ (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), 35th American President, served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Click here for more freedom quotes.

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