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April 19, 2011 > Freedom Bus tours East Bay schools

Freedom Bus tours East Bay schools

Story and photo submitted by Claudia Medina

On Tuesday, April 19 the AC Transit Freedom Bus will tour three East Bay schools in an unprecedented effort to integrate art, education, civil rights and public transportation.

The tour comes on the heels of a community celebration last month when nearly 200 people--community and business leaders, elected officials and a host of student artists-- launched the bus in tribute to America's Civil Rights movement.

With colorful student art depicting the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott on the outside, and prize-winning student art on the inside, the Freedom Bus honors that historic bus protest spurred by Rosa Parks, and pioneers like Claudette Colvin. The Freedom Bus demonstrates the learning and personal growth of students when they have the opportunity to study relevant and important topics, make their own meaning artistically, and share their creative ideas with real audiences. The goal is to promote the understanding and teaching of civil rights history through the arts.

"Making learning visible; students beautifully express the civil rights history that continues to define the critical issues we face today," said Sheila Jordan, Superintendent of Alameda County Schools. "Our partnership with AC Transit demonstrates the importance of lessons in history, social science, and art while combining an important message regarding accessible transportation for all."

The Freedom Bus will make stops at three schools, displaying its artwork as part of more in- depth educational programs at each school. "Considering that a passenger on a public bus was the catalyst for a civil rights movement, it is only fitting that AC Transit be a part of this historic educational project," said AC Transit Interim General Manager Mary King.

Freedom Bus tour stops:
Tuesday, April 19
Berkeley High School, 1980 Alston Way, Berkeley: 10:50 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
Juvenile Justice Center, 2500 Fairmont Dr., San Leandro: 1p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Lorin Eden Elementary, 27790 Portsmouth Ave., Hayward: 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

For more information contact: Freedom Bus Project at (510) 788-0450 or visit

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