FREEDOM RIDER JIM ZWERG IS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT GLENDALE’S ANNUAL UNITY DAY EVENT -From 2012 GLENDALE UNITY DAY (Glendale Daily Planet Archives)
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet – Zwerg speaks – Jim Zwerg, a Freedom Rider during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, cited King’s belief in nonviolence as the surest way to overcome hate and adversity. (from 2012 City of Glendale MLK Unity Day)
(Lo Res – Need to re-find source footage for this and upload. Great Story.)
Glendale MLK Unity Day Great keynote from one of the 60’s freedom riders –
One of my favorite speakers from the days Glendale used to have a MLK UNITY DAY (Wish we still did)
Attending Beloit College in Wisconsin, Zwerg, a white student, witnessed several instances of prejudice against his college roommate and friend who happened to be black. To fully experience what it was like to be in the minority group, he applied and was accepted to Beloit’s exchange program with (predominantly black-enrolled) Fisk University in Tennessee.
In 1961, a 21-year-old Zwerg was introduced to nonviolence and became involved in the Civil Rights Movement at Fisk University. His participation in the Civil Rights Movement included lunch counter sit-ins, movie theater stand-ins and the Freedom Ride. He was accosted both verbally and physically in Nashville, arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama, and savagely beaten in Montgomery, Alabama. When he called his parents for support before the ride, his mother stated Zwerg was “killing his father.”
watch the movie and see even more!
Also – Google James Zwerg…