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Meryle Joy Reagon is an American civil rights movement activist born in 1942. In June 1961, she participated in a Freedom Ride from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi.[1] She is also known as the husband of another Freedom Rider, Frederick Leonard and sister of Cordell Reagon.

Meryle Joy Reagon
Born1942 (age 76–77)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materTennessee State University
OccupationCivil rights movement activist
Known forFreedom Rider
Spouse(s)Frederick Leonard
FamilyCordell Reagon, sister

Involvement in Freedom Ride on June 2, 1961Edit

Reagon was a 19 year old Tennessee State University student when she participated in a Freedom Ride from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi.[1]

The Freedom Ride began at 7:30am which was two and a half hours before Judge Johnson's ruling.[2] The group of Freedom Riders was led by SNCC veteran, Ruby Doris Smith. The group of riders included two students from Long Island, Reagon and Charles Butler, along with three white male volunteers. [2] Later that afternoon, Reagon along with the others including Smith were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi at the Trailways terminal[1], and taken to Hinds County Jail.[2] Four hours later, her brother, Cordell Reagon would later arrive at Hinds County Jail.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Reagon, Meryle Joy". Civil Rights Digital Library. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Arsenault, Raymond (2 November 2011). Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, PDF eBook Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. Oxford University Press. p. 211. ISBN 9780199792429.