“Self-Portrait at a Bend in the Road” by Jake York

I’ve been producing videos this year for Emory’s Poets in Place project. I shot this video with Jake York back in January, and here’s the link to it on Southern Spaces. His poem is about the attack on a Freedom Rider bus outside Anniston, Alabama in May of 1961. Here is the text of the historical marker that stands where the bus was destroyed:

“On May 14, 1961, a Greyhound bus left Atlanta, GA carrying among its passengers seven members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), a.k.a. the ‘Freedom Riders,’ on a journey to test interstate bus segregation. The bus was met by an angry mob at the bus station in Anniston, AL where tires were slashed and windows broken. Upon leaving Anniston, the bus was followed by the mob to this site where the driver stopped to change the tire. The crowd set the bus on fire and attacked passengers as they departed. The incident served to strengthen the resolve for the civil rights movement.”

Click here to see the video in a larger size.


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