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Mike Wiley's Breach of Peace: Story of the Freedom Riders

Gunter Theatre

Her parents had always taught her to be ready. "The day will come," her father said, "and when it does, you should be ready." So, Jean Thompson prepared herself to do something that had to be done. Even if it was terrifying... 

In a sobering one-man show, Mike Wiley takes audiences back to Montgomery, Alabama in 1961 to follow the stories of Jean Thompson and her fellow Freedom Riders as they board a Trailways bus in an attempt to desegregate public transportation. Hear accounts from the surviving participants, some of the 300 people they inspired to do the same, and celebrate the individuals of various races who came together to fight injustice.

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, Performing Arts

Grades: 3-8

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