Albany Freedom Rider discusses impact to students


Black History Month is wrapping up, but the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple isn’t finished honoring those who have furthered African American culture in our area.

Wednesday at Steenrod Elementary School students had one of the original Albany Freedom Riders of the 1960’s speaking with them about what they went through.

Joan C. Browning joined Reverend Darrell Cummings to talk about her time as one of the people who would ride the busses with people of color across the Mason Dixon Line. A group that helped have the colored and white signs pulled down after 67 years.

“”We really did succeed in setting out what we set out to do,” said Browning. “So, my message to these students is: we were just kids, we were just ordinary people and we all got together and did this one thing and made a difference. So, don’t let anybody tell you ordinary people don’t make the world go round.”

Browning also spoke about how she was arrested a few times, including once with Martin Luther King Jr.

She’ll be talking again Wednesday night at the Bethlehem Temple beginning at 7:30.

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