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Posted on 05th February 2019 | GeneralNews

Veterans of the US Civil Rights Movement, Dr Rip Patton and Dr Sybil Hampton, joined political activist, Eamonn McCann, to speak at a Shared Education History Project hosted by Magherafelt High School.

Dr Patton and Dr Hampton were in Northern Ireland for a week delivering workshops with schools and teachers.

Students involved in the Magherafelt Learning Partnership Shared Education History Project had an opportunity to hear first-hand stories from the veterans of  the US Civil Rights Movement and had their thinking challenged by journalist and political activist, Eamonn McCann, from Derry.

Dr Patton is best known for his role in the Freedom Riders, a group of more than 400 black and white Americans who risked their lives by simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South, deliberately violating Jim Crow laws. Dr Hampton grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and was a member of the second class of African American students entering Little Rock Central High School in 1959 as part of the process of desegregating public schools.

The US speakers will be attending a number of events organised by Corrymeela in partnership with the 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Commemoration Committee.

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