CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A participant in the Freedom Rides of the 1960s will speak at the University of West Georgia next week.
Joan Browning will host her lecture, "Oh, Freedom," at the university's Ingram Library at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. It is free and open to the public.
Browning was born in south Georgia and graduated from Lumber City High School in 1959. She was kicked out of Georgia State College for Women in 1961 after administrators found out she worshiped at a black church.
After leaving college, Browning moved to Atlanta and became heavily involved in the civil rights movement, traveling from Atlanta to Albany in a segregated railroad car with seven of her fellow Freedom Riders in 1961. The Freedom Riders were arrested and jailed when they reached Albany.
Browning worked in human relations and anti-poverty programs through the '60s. At age 52, she finally earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia State College.