A six page letter written by John Moody to his parents on May 27, 1961. The letter is handwritten in red pen on white paper. The letter describes his participation in the May 1961 Freedom Ride from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi and his subsequent experience on trial and in jail in Jackson.
The oral history consists of four digital files: 2011.174.6.1a, 2011.174.6.1b, 2011.174.6.1c, and 2011.174.6.1d.
C. T. Vivian recalls growing up in Macomb, Illinois, working in Peoria, Illinois, and his call to the ministry. He discusses attending the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee, where he met other civil rights activists and participated in demonstrations. He remembers planning the Freedom Rides, his imprisonment at Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman Farm), the Children's Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, and working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).