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Oral History: Charles “Chuck” McDew

Charles “Chuck” McDew participated in the civil rights movement in many parts of the American South, including Mississippi.

Freedom Rides

In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders, a group of mostly young people, both black and white, risked their lives to challenge the system of segregation in interstate travel in the South. The purpose of the rides was “to test the Supreme Court’s ruling in Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which declared segregation in interstate […]