According to Harpo Productions, 178 former Freedom Riders will appear as guests on Wednesday’s episode of Oprah.
The Freedom Riders were civil rights advocates, both black and white who rode integrated busses into the South to challenge the segregation that sought to keep Black people from being given the basic rights of American citizens. Wednesday’s episode will mark the 50th anniversary of the first ever Freedom Ride, which left Washington, D.C. on May 4, 1961.
Oprah says she knows her “life would be different were it not for them.” Spending much of her childhood in Mississippi in the 1950s, Oprah has talked about the cloud of racism and discrimination she experienced as a girl growing up.
In her personal Master Class episode on OWN, Oprah described Mississippi as a “place that didn’t think you were human…aplace that didn’t care if you lived or died.”
Oprah says she owes “a deep debt of gratitude” to the Freedom Riders. Wednesday’s guests will include U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and former assistant to then-U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, John Seigenthaler both who were beaten during the Civil Rights movement.
Clutchettes, will you be tuning into Wednesday’s episode of Oprah?