We are so proud at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School that one of our English faculty, Zestlan Simmons, has been named the Alabama Teacher of the Year for 2018 – 2019. Ms. Simmons is a dedicated and much-loved teacher at our school, and she is also an alumni of the Creative Writing program at the Carver Creative and Performing Arts Center, the part-day forerunner of our school.
On May 4, 1961, thirteen people left Washington, D.C. on a Greyhound bus. They planned to ride through the Southern states to test a Supreme Court ruling on the desegregation of interstate travel. They were the first Freedom Riders. They experience minor trouble in the beginning, but when they reached Alabama, the true atrocity of racism showed.
B.J. Hollars‘ new book The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders focuses on personal stories of the Riders and what led them to participate in the Freedom Rides, rather than on the atrocities committed against them.
On May 17, Hollars will have a book talk at the Tuscaloosa Public Library from 12:00 noon to 12:45 pm. He will share information about his research and writing process, and even some never-heard-before excerpts.