Laurens Grant, producer of Freedom Riders, recipient of a Peabody and three Primetime Emmy Awards
"Carol Ruth Silver's diary is a unique portrait of individual couragea powerful story of idealism and hope, a reflection of a generation of young Americans who would no longer tolerate injustice and segregation. Her raw memories are a poignant reminder of a dark era of the past and of the need to continue our national ride to freedom, progress, and opportunity in our time."
Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives (D-California)
"Carol Ruth Silver, thank you for making history as a Freedom Rider. Your courage and the courage of other Freedom Riders helped change American Society; no exclusions and freedom for all citizens."
John Taylor, 1961 Freedom Rider
"'What does one take for a vacation in jail?' When one's destination is Mississippi's infamous Parchman Prison Farm, this is not an idle query. During the summer of 1961, more than 300 Freedom Riders, including 110 women, were incarcerated in Parchman after testing the Supreme Court's desegregation of interstate travel. Only one of these crusaders for civil equality managed to smuggle a diary out with her: Carol Ruth Silver, a twenty-two-year old Jewish New Yorker willing to put her liberty on the line in the spirit of Tikkun Olamto heal the world. This vivid primary source allows an uncensored, unromanticized, and humbling view of the lived experience of young civil rights activists as they made the movement one day at a time, and of a foundational moment in what became Silver's lifelong commitment to social justice and the daily pursuit of a more perfect Union."
Jane Dailey, University of Chicago