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Women’s Walk to Commemorate 65th Anniversary of 1947 Journey of Reconciliation, the “First Freedom Ride”

10 a.m. Send Off Rally in Durham

Corner of W. Chapel Hill & Carroll Streets

Pauli Murray Historic Marker

3:30 p.m. Welcome Rally in Chapel Hill

Inter-Faith Council, 100 W. Rosemary at N. Columbia Street

Across from the Journey of Reconciliation Historic Marker

NINE RELAY TEAMS OF WOMEN will be walking from the Pauli Murray Historic Marker in Durham to the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation Historic Marker in Chapel Hill. They will walk for Pauli Murray, Ella Baker and Juanita Nelson who helped plan the 1947 action but could not participate because of their gender. They will also walk for Virginia Williams, Joan P. Preiss, Joyce Ware, Ann Atwater, Irene Morgan and Doris Lyon, local women activists whose stories we need to know. The 1947 Journey, known as the First Freedom Ride prior to the 1961 Freedom Rides, had nine white and black men. It included Bayard Rustin, use non-violent direct action to test the 1946 Irene Morgan v State of Virginia U.S. Supreme Court ruling desegregating interstate bus and train travel.

Why Are We Still Walking?

The work continues. Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer rights, voting rights, prisoners’ rights, immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, and civil rights are still on the line and require our vigilance to protect them. The Walk also shows how we can use history to activate memory and motivation for contemporary activism.

I’ve been both a winner and a loser, but after I lose someone else wins, because this is a relay race.”

– Pauli Murray, 1980

Sponsored by the Pauli Murray Project and the Bayard Rustin Centennial Project of the National Black Justice Coalition with support from the Chapel Hill Friends Meeting, the Southern Oral History Program at UNC-CH, Carolwoods Elders for Peace and the Marion Cheek Jackson Center.



November 3, 2012
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Corner of W. Chapel Hill and Carroll Street