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A Freedom Rider's First Stand

Jerome Smith recalls the childhood event that later led him to join the civil rights movement

When I was 9 or 10 — this would have been in the late 1940s — I got on a bus and took down the "Colored" screen and sat down in the white section. I had seen my father, a seaman, do something similar. When he did it, no one had reacted. But when I did it, white people on the bus became very hostile.
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