Civil rights historian Derek Charles Catsam, Ph.D., will speak at College of the Sequoias in Visalia on the history of freedom rides.
The free event is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ponderosa Hall.
After the lecture, history professor Stephen Tootle will moderate a question and answer session.
Catsam is associate professor of history at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and author of “Freedom’s Main Line: the Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides.”
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He was a consultant and interviewee in PBS’ “Freedom Riders”— part of the “American Experience” series — that won three Prime-Time Emmy Awards.
The lecture is presented by the COS Young Democrats and the COS College Republicans and is funded by a grant from the COS Foundation as part of the Arts & Lectures program.