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Freedom Riders & Fighters

Date: 7:00pm - 8:00pm PST January 26, 2012 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

Roosevelt High School is building a college-going culture fueled by a dose of moral outrage. Students of color and those in poverty are statistically less likely to go to college. The staff is galvanizing students around this fact and helping them to see their access to higher education as part of the civil rights struggle.

 Inspired during their tour of historically black colleges and universities and civil rights historic sites last spring, Roosevelt students interviewed 15 Portlanders who’ve taken a stand for civil rights, including two of the original Freedom Riders.

Partnering with aspiring teachers from the University of Portland, they compiled their interview responses, writing, recordings, and photographs into a museum-quality exhibit that will accompany the national Freedom Riders Exhibit, on loan from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with American Experience, to local churches, colleges and community spaces with student docents telling the stories. 

The exhibit is the flagship project of the high school’s Writing & Publishing Center, part of the school’s College & Career Transition Center (CCTC). Students will build on the project over time with a web site and additional interviews. To support the Roosevelt Rough Writers with a donation visit

Join us at Lewis & Clark on Thursday, January 26 from 7-8 p.m. for an opening reception hosted by the Roosevelt High School students involved in the project. The exhibit will be on display at Lewis & Clark through Friday, January 27 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP below if you are planning to attend the evening reception. 

Registration for this event is now closed.