yFreedom Ride : A Freedom Rider RemembersAnn Curthoys,
Crows Nest:Allen and Unwin,2002Z10279192002single work autobiography (taught in 1 units)'In 1965, 29 students from Sydney University set out on a road trip through northwestern NSW, to challenge the ingrained discrimination and racism that was a largely unacknowledged feature of NSW country towns. The trip was marked by confrontation, intense street debates, some physical violence and much courage from local Aborigines.' (Source: LibrariesAustralia)
'From July 1964 to February 1965 a group of students at the University of Sydney planned, and put in motion, an action designed to draw attention to racial discrimination against Aborigines. This culminated in thirty of these students, most of them under twenty years of age, going on a bus trip around racist towns in Northern NSW. An action known today as The Australian Freedom Ride. This groundbreaking campaign for indigenous rights in Australia is a joyful and inspirational story of courage and conviction, which brought many Australians together during the sixties in a shared cause. Through interactive drama & storytelling, our audience are immersed in the civil rights issues of the day, and, hopefully, are encouraged to investigate the state of racism and indigenous rights now.'
'... The play starts with at a meeting on the Sydney University campus where the students plan and prepare for the campaign. It then zooms in on events transpiring in the town of Walgett. The characters portrayed are key people who were there: the great Aboriginal leader Charles Perkins, and Ann Curthoys, Jim Spigelman, Pat Healy, Darce Cassidy and Wendy Golding: these members of SAFA (Student Action For Aborigines) were instrumental in getting the Freedom Ride on the road. And in Walgett: the courageous Kamilaroi woman Pat Walford (famous for her “I’m black and I’m proud of it” speech), the racist RSL manager, and George Rose (an Aboriginal ex-serviceman who is barred from the RSL), the two-faced Anglican minister Reverend Dowe, and the infamous lady running the Walgett frock shop.